A LOOK BACK AT 2007:
Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Original Production Directed & Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS
Directed by Charles Abbott
Choreographed by Scott Thompson
West Side Story, with its extraordinary score by Leonard Bernstein, first danced
onto the Broadway stage in 1957, and eventually became one of the cornerstones
of the American musical theatre. Originally conceived by Jerome Robbins as a
contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, he brought cinematic
techniques to this timeless story of star-crossed lovers and battling street gangs. Now it is how
we do musicals. Back then it was a shock to the critics to see one scene blend into another with a
cross fade rather than a black-out. The movie version, which won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture of the
Year, allowed this exciting new approach to musical staging to come into its own.
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The Jets and the Sharks showing their moves at the dance as Tony and Maria see each other for the first time.
Tony (Michael Deleget) and Maria (Yolibet Varela) profess their love for one another in the famous balcony scene.
*photos courtesy of Pierce Studio 14 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011