West Side Story (musical)

This article is about the Broadway musical. For other uses, see West Side Story (disambiguation).

West Side Story
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Original Cast Recording
Music Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Book Arthur Laurents
Basis William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Productions 1957 Broadway
1958 West End
1959 U.S. tour
1960 Broadway return
1961 Film
1980 Broadway revival
1997 UK tour and West End revival
2008 West End revival and UK tour
2009 Broadway revival and US tour
2013/2015 UK Tour
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West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The story is set in the East 40s and West 50s of the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for the Lincoln Center, changing the neighborhood's character.)[1][2] The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American