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West Side Story
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins • 1961 • United States
Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn
Winner of ten Academy Awards, including best picture, this dazzling musical epic transposes Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET to 1950s New York, where rival gangs rumble for control of the streets and star-crossed teenagers Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) defy the social codes of their communities in the name of love. Leonard Bernstein’s thrilling score, Stephen Sondheim’s unforgettable lyrics, Jerome Robbins’s electrifying choreography, and the masterful direction of Robert Wise come together in one of the greatest love stories ever told.