The Upper West Side in New York, mid 1950s: two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fight over division of territory. In this climate of hate and intolerance, Tony and Maria, who belong to rival gangs, fall in love. Just like a new Romeo and Juliet in New York, the two youngsters live a tormented love affair which can only end in tragedy. West Side Story, a musical based on the libretto by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, with music by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins, debuted in Washington in 1957. From there it went to Broadway, where it was a huge success, becoming one of the most loved and performed musicals, a title it still holds. On the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story comes to Florence in the Italian version directed by Federico Bellone, in a new adaptation of the libretto by Franco Travaglio, and with the original choreography of Jerome Robbins reproduced by Fabrizio Angelini.
West Side Story
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Arthur Laurents
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Première: August 19, 1957 at National Theatre, Washington
Italian dialogue with english songs