West Side Story

Date(s) - 06/11/2024 - 06/16/2024
12:00 am

Benedum Center


This innovative musical — first staged in 1957 — transports the unforgettable tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet” to the tough streets of New York City.

“Romeo and Juliet” is the quintessential tale of star-crossed lovers that dates to antiquity which has been iconized in this play by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). His poetic play is a brilliant mixture of comedy and drama. It chronicles the doomed romance between teens Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, each of whom is a member of a feuding noble house. The couple eventually takes drastic measures after their respective families oppose their relationship.

Set in a multiracial, working-class neighborhood, the musical centers on the rivalry between two street gangs which is complicated when a boy from one falls in love with a sister of the other. The core includes memorable songs like “Maria” and “I’m So Pretty.”

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