West Side Story transports William Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet to the streets of Manhattan in the 1950s. Instead of warring Montague and Capulet families, there are warring gangs of teenagers, the Jets and the Sharks. Instead of young lovers Romeo and Juliet, we have Tony and Maria, two teens who are torn between ethnic loyalty and their intense love for each other. The Broadway musical’s beloved score includes such songs as “Tonight,” “Maria,” “Somewhere,” and “Something’s Coming.”
This exciting new production of the Golden Age favorite features an energetic young cast and faithfully re-creates Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s extraordinary score. The production is directed by the show’s scribe, Arthur Laurents, who has also added a twist (and some extra authenticity) by having the Sharks speak and sometimes sing in their native Spanish tongue.
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