W E S T S I D E S T O R Y
West Side Story is an iconic musical collaboration composed of a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. On September 26, 1957, the original Broadway production opened to audiences at the Winter Garden Theatre, and would reach 732 performances in just two years by the time of its closing date in June 1959. The production was later nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 1957; however, lost to Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. Several additional productions took place after its close, including a 1961 musical film adaption, a 1980, 2009, and 2020 Broadway revival, and a yet to be released 2020 film remake.
The story is set in the Upper West Side of New York City in the mid-1950s. A fierce enmity between two rival street gangs, the Jets, a group of Polish natives led by Riff, and the Sharks, a group of Puerto Rican immigrants led by Bernardo, paves the way for heartbreak and tragedy. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the musical tells the story of a forbidden love between Tony, former member of the Jets and Riff’s best friend, and Maria, sister of Bernardo. Tensions rise as the two fall for each other, leading the gangs to challenge one another in one “all of fight,” or rumble, to declare ownership of the street for the last time. The darker theme, sophisticated music, extended dance numbers, and in-depth focus on pressing social issues marked a turning point in American musical theatre.
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Gallery from the 2020 Revival Production:
Take a look at some photographs taken from the 2020 revival production of West Side Story.