West Side Story first premiered at Szeged’s Dome Square back in 1965. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet but set in 1950s New York City, the Montagues and the Capulets are replaced by rival gangs–the ethnically white Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. And the star-crossed lovers are here Tony and Maria. Bernstein of course composed the now famous score, while Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics.
The production won six Tony award nominations and 10 Oscar awards for the film adaptation, and the musical has gone on to become a cult classic. Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, says its message of the victory of love over hate is still powerful and relevant today, as well as how it openly addresses xenophobia and racism.
Tickets are available for the production next August 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, and 22 here.