West Side Story
About West Side Story
Maria and Tony fall helplessly in love at a school dance, but their love is doomed: Maria’s brother is leader of the Sharks—a street gang—and Tony is one of their hated enemies, the Jets. Their story, just like Romeo and Juliet’s, ends in tragedy, with everyone reflecting on the senselessness of it all. But Bernstein’s music—some of the most beloved in musical theater, including “Maria,” “There’s a Place for Us,” and “Tonight”—points the way to hope in the midst of confusion.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins.
Book by Arthur Laurents.
Music by Leonard Bernstein.
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.