Overview


Synopsis

Inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side in the 1950s. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love. Their warring factions, however, refuse to back down, and the “rumbles”, romance, and resentment lead the bloody path to the lovers’ ultimate, tragic conclusion With soaring, sophisticated, and diverse melodies, energetic and athletic dance battles, and its remarkably salient social message, West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most loved treasures.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Soprano



Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1957
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
new york city’s west side, 1950s
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal For
ensemble cast, young actors, diverse cast, dancers, high school, college/university
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, early teen characters

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