West Side Story (1961)
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You like Romeo and Julia? You like musicals? You’ll love this too! Romeo and Julia in a modern way with lots of iconic songs, Bernstein simply wrote better music than any other Broadway composer of his day - much better music (i feel pretty).
Won 10 Oscars
Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.
Westside story is the award winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliette. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. 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 climactic and heartbreaking ending.