West Side Story: Musical Info & Synopsis


West Side Story tells the story of the rivaling Jets and Sharks, who are locked in a conflict for territory and respect. Amidst the tensions, Tony, a former Jet, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader. Their forbidden romance unfolds against the backdrop of prejudice, cultural clashes, and the desire for a better life.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Romantic Drama

Setting: 1950s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: Arthur Laurents

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1957)➝

Studio Cast (1985)➝

Studio Cast (1993)➝

Broadway Cast (2009)➝

San Francisco Concert Cast (2014)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1950s, Classic, Classical, College, Immigration, JazzPopular, Rom-Dram, Tragedy

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