25 Facts About West Side Story

1. West Side Story's appears on her fire escape, and the two profess their love for one another.

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2. West Side Story plans to make the challenge to Bernardo, the Sharks' leader, that night at the neighborhood dance.

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3. West Side Story's painted backdrops were stunning, but the sets were, for the most part, either shabby looking or too stylized.

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4. West Side Story liked it but decided to ask Abbott, his longtime mentor, for his opinion, and Abbott advised him to turn it down.

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5. West Side Story was outvoted on other issues: he felt the lyrics to "America" and "I Feel Pretty" were too witty for the characters singing them, but they stayed in the score and proved to be audience favorites.

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6. West Side Story proposed that the plot focus on the conflict between an Irish Catholic family and a Jewish family living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, during the Easter–Passover season.

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7. West Side Story was originally supposed to end like the Shakespearean play upon which it is based and both of the star-crossed lovers were to die.

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8. West Side Story remains one of the best musicals of all-time.

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9. West Side Story played for almost 2 years on stage in New York, racking up a total of 732 performances.

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10. West Side Story was the second highest grossing movie of 1961, coming in just behind 101 Dalmatians.

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11. At the time, West Side Story became the biggest selling soundtrack album.

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12. West Side Story was the first movie to win a Best Director Oscar for two directors, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins.

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13. West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical tragedy movie by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins.

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14. West Side Story actually helped break one barrier for minority actors: Rita Moreno became the first Latina actress to ever win an Oscar.

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15. West Side Story was a modern, urban adaption of Romeo and Juliet set in gritty 1950s New York.

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16. West Side Story won just two Tony Awards, for choreography and set design, but made an impressive maiden run of 732 performances.

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17. West Side Story tells the tale of a love affair between Tony, who is Polish American, and Maria, a Puerto Rican, set against an urban background of interracial warfare.

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18. West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet".

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19. At this point, West Side Story begins to diverge rather sharply from the Shakespearean source.

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20. West Side Story was originally an ill-fated love story about a Jewish girl and an Italian Catholic boy on Manhattan's East Side.

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21. West Side Story stood out from the other musicals for several reasons.

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22. West Side Story addresses the tension between established white youths like the Jets, a gang that Laurents dubs "an anthology of what is called 'American,'" and Puerto Rican teenagers who represent a new wave of immigrants.

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23. West Side Story is a book about two gangs living in a large city.

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24. West Side Story took this one step further by combining the classic and the hip.

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25. West Side Story is a musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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