Inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side in the 1950s. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love. Their warring factions, however, refuse to back down, and the “rumbles”, romance, and resentment lead to the lovers’ ultimate, tragic conclusion.
With soaring, sophisticated, and diverse melodies, energetic and athletic dance battles, and its remarkably salient social message, West Side Story remains one of musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most loved treasures.
Bernstein’s score for the musical includes ‘Something’s Coming’, ‘Maria’, ‘America’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Jet Song’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, ‘A Boy Like That’, ‘One Hand, One Heart’, ‘Gee, Officer Krupke’, and ’Cool’.
An amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins; Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced on Broadway by Robert E Griffith & Harold Prince by arrangement with Roger L Stevens.