West Side Story Opens on Broadway

On this day in 1957, West Side Story opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater. A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that takes place on the west side of Manhattan in the mid-1950′s, the musical follows the love affair between Tony, a Polish American and member of a white working-class gang called the Jets, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Jets’ rival gang, the Sharks from Puerto Rico.

With its controversial, socially relevant story line and innovative choreography, music, and theatrical style, West Side Story received positive reviews and ran for 732 performances, one of the longest initial runs in the history of Broadway.

Learn more about this classic musical at the official West Side Story website.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, History.com, West Side Story

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