West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of circa 1950s New York. This Woodland Opera House production finds two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the story has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, the latest in 2009. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." Though it was written more than 50 years ago, its social commentary on disaffected youth, warring gangs, the generation gap, a resistance to assimilation, urban poverty and the destruction of ethnic prejudice rings just as true today as ever.
This show is best suited for those ages 13 and older. Parental discretion is advised.