It’s been almost 60 years since West Side Story made its mark on Broadway and enthralled audiences worldwide. It is widely considered one of the greatest American musicals of all-time.
West Side Story was originally conceived by writer Arthur Laurents as a modern-day adaption of Shakespeer’s Romeo and Juliet, with the Montagues as the Anglo Jets and the Capulets as the Puerto Rican Sharks. It is a poignant tale of two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, who must overcome the ethnic differences that exist in their Upper West Side neighborhood.
The stage is set in mid-1950s New York City, and the animosity between the Jets and Sharks is so intense that neither can stand the other. But when Tony meets Bernardo’s younger sister Maria at a dance, there’s nothing that can stop them from falling in love. Maria and Tony have no choice but to meet in secret. The plot their escape, but will a rumble under the highway bridge dash their plans to escape? You’ll have to see for yourself!
In addition to being a creative work of fiction, West Side Story features one of the most celebrated scores on Broadway. Music was written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Songs include such classics as “Somewhere,” “Mambo,” “America,” and “I Feel Pretty,” among others.
- June 4-9, 2013
- Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208
- Tel. 317-940-9697