FILM: West Side Story

January 18
Friday
7:30 pm

We are celebrating our 2nd year of presenting movies at TCAN with the movie that started it all!

West Side Story is the award winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs - The Jets led by white gang leader Riff and The Sharks, led by Bernardo of Puerto Rico. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Skarks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climatic and heartbreaking ending.
 

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Writers: Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Arthur Laurents (book)
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Starring: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer