West Side Story

Musical

Writers: Arthur Laurents Leonard Bernstein Stephen Sondheim

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1957
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1950s, new york city's west side
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, early teen characters

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.

Lead Characters