West Side Story, March 26-29, Brown AuditoriumWest Side Story Tickets
The popular Broadway musical, inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” is set
in the Upper West Side, an ethnic, blue collar neighborhood, in New York City in the
mid-1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage
street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang
leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the
Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social
problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.
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