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Adapted from William Shakespeare's popular tragedy about two star-crossed lovers, West Side Story is an American musical with a script by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The show first opened on Broadway in 1957, marking the then unknown Stephen Sondheim's Broadway Debut. Additionally, it was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince. The show ran for 732 performances and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical that same year, as well as a Tony win for Best Choreography. The play was then adapted into an extremely popular musical film in 1961, which was directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and David Winters. Subsequently, the film version of the musical received an astonishing ten Academy Awardsout of eleven nominations. Since then, West Side Story has become a classic in the musical genre, garnering various productions every year whether it be in schools, regional theaters or opera companies.
Set in 1950's rural New York City, West Side Story is about the gang rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, both comprised of teenagers but from different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are from Puerto Rico and the members of the Jets, are comprised of a white working-class group. When one of the Jets, Tony, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, the play begins to examine issues such as race, class and love. Featuring well-known songs like Something's Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, Jet Song, and Feel Pretty, as well as high caliber music and dance, this eclectic musical is a favorite amongst audiences and critics alike.
Frequently Asked Questions About West Side Story
What is West Side Story about?
West Side Story tells the story of rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
How much are West Side Story tickets?
West Side Story ticket prices on the secondary market can vary widely depending on the location, day of the week, season, and other factors. West Side Story tickets can be found for as low as $49.00, however the national average is $89.00.
What is the recommended age for West Side Story on Broadway?
Most shows will have both a recommended age limit and minimum age requirements. Generally, children under the age of 4 are not permitted at Broadway shows. West Side Story is intended for ages 12 and up.
How long is West Side Story?
West Side Story is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.
What should I wear to West Side Story?
There is no specific dress code for West Side Story. Some people like to dress up an others will go in jeans. It is recommended to avoid anything too casual such as tank tops and cut off shorts.
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