West Side Story

Musical - Original

Winter Garden Theatre (September 26, 1957 - February 28, 1959)
Broadway Theatre (March 02, 1959 - May 10, 1959)
Winter Garden Theatre (May 11, 1959 - June 27, 1959)
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  • Opening Date: September 26, 1957
  • Closing Date: June 27, 1959
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 732

Book: Arthur Laurents

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim


West Side Story transposes Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the gang-ridden streets of 1950s Manhattan, dominated by the Sharks and the Jets. Two teens from the bitter-enemy gangs meet and fall in love at a fateful gym dance.


Opening Night Cast

Mickey Calin Riff
Larry Kert in West Side Story Larry Kert Tony
Carol Lawrence in West Side Story Carol Lawrence Maria
Ken Leroy Bernardo
Chita Rivera in West Side Story Chita Rivera Anita
Art Smith Doc
Lee Theodore Anybody's
Grover Dale Snowboy
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Opening Night Production Credits

Arthur Laurents Arthur Laurents Book
Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein Music
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Lyrics
Jerome Robbins Jerome Robbins Director
Jerome Robbins Jerome Robbins Choreographer
Peter Gennaro Peter Gennaro Co-Choreographer
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Videos (4)

Check out the cast in rehearsal.


Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Theatre World Award Carol Lawrence Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Choreography Jerome Robbins Winner
1958 Conductor and Musical Director Max Goberman Nominee
1958 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Irene Sharaff Nominee
1958 Featured Actress in a Musical Carol Lawrence Nominee
1958 Musical Arthur Laurents
Leonard Bernstein
Stephen Sondheim
1958 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Oliver Smith Winner
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