West Side Story (1961)
Wed, February 19 @ 7:00 pm
In this urban take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) are caught between rival New York street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, as they battle for control over the neighborhood. Despite their young love, the pair cannot escape the tragic violence that surrounds their lives. Released in 1961, the film earned 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, a record for a musical film that holds to this day. Leonard Bernstein’s memorable score including “Maria,” “Tonight, Tonight,” and the lively dance number “America,” has become an integral part of our musical history. The film was designated “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress and the story of American immigrants remains relevant today. West Side Story has remained popular for decades and a new film remake by Steven Spielberg is set to release in late 2020.