West Side Story

West Side Story

West Side Story will not return to Broadway. West Side Story played its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on March 11, 2020.

Something’s Coming…” Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove directed a brand new production of the timeless Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim musical West Side Story, featuring - for the first time ever in the United States - all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre forever when it debuted on the Great White Way in 1957 and, over six decades later, its score (featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim in his Broadway debut) still features some of the most iconic and best known standards in Broadway history, including the likes of “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” and “Somewhere.”

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Laurents’ book follows two star-crossed lovers in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York City in the 1950s, where tensions are rising between two rival gangs of different ethnic backgrounds – the Jets and the Sharks. Tony is a former member of the Jets (an American gang) and best friend of its leader, Riff, whilst Maria is the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks (a gang of Puerto Rican heritage). Tony and Maria fall in love despite the backdrop of social issues, spurred on by racism and violence, and the romantically tragic story unfolds.

This production marked the fifth Broadway revival of the epochal tuner and delivered a unique West Side Story. Ever since its genesis and its legendary 1961 film adaptation, the musical has been synonymous with the choreography of Jerome Robbins (who also conceived and directed the Broadway premiere). Introducing American audiences to all-new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is a bold move that hopefully re-invents the essence of West Side Story for a new generation of theatregoers. And speaking of re-invention, when it comes to theatrical innovation, the visionary director Ivo van Hove excels in his field. If his imaginative takes on the Arthur Miller classics A View from the Bridge and The Crucible or the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film “Network” are anything to go by, then West Side Story is in for a makeover of a lifetime.

The lyric “There’s a place for us / Somewhere a place for us…” couldn’t resonate any louder than it does in the current American political and social climate. Yes, “Something’s Coming” for sure. Are you ready for it, America?

(Photos by Julieta Cervantes / Jan Versweyveld​)

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Running time: 
1hr 45mins (no intermission)
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About West Side Story:

Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietWest Side Story reimagined the most enduring love story ever written as a contemporary musical complete with form-shattering stagecraft and a score for the ages. Now, more than 60 years later, the legacy of that original production, along with subsequent stagings around the globe and the iconic cinematic adaptation, has cemented West Side Story’s place as one the most significant cultural achievements of the 20th century.


Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a Book by Bernstein, Sondheim & Arthur Laurents
Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen
Ivo van Hove
Jan Versweyveld
Tom Gibbons
Jan Versweyveld
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
An d'Huys
Cast list:
Shereen Pimentel (as Maria), Isaac Powell (as Tony), Yesenia Ayala (as Anita), Amar Ramasar (as Bernardo), Dharon E. Jones (as Riff), Ahmad Simmons (as Diesel), Danny Wolohan (as Officer Krupke), Jacob Guzman (as Chino), Kevin Csolak (as A-Rab), Matthew Johnson (as Baby John), Elijah A. Carter (as Action), Zuri Noelle Ford (as Anybodys), Daniel Oreskes (as Doc), Pippa Pearthree (as Glad Hand), and Thomas Jay Ryan (as Lt. Schrank)
Other info:
Musical Direction & Supervision by Alexander Gemignani, Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and Video Design by Luke Halls
West Side Story Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
December 10, 2019
Opening date: 
February 20, 2020
March 11, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Latest West Side Story News & Features

Photo credit: West Side Story (Photo by Julieta Cervantes / Jan Versweyveld​)
'West Side Story' directed by Ivo van Hove will not return to Broadway
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'West Side Story' will not return after it ran for three months at the Broadway Theatre.

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It’s West Side Story, Jim, but not as we know it! The classic 1957 musical, featuring a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, has been radically re-invented by Belgian director Ivo van Hove to reflect American gang culture of today. This bold new take began previews at the Broadway Theatre on December 10, 2019, and officially opened on February 20, 2020.   Dharon E. Jones, Amar Ramasar, and the cast of West Side Story What’s it all about?

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New York Theatre Guide presents A West Side Story Trivia Quiz
February 21, 2020

Something's Coming, Something Good... Yes, it's our New York Theatre Guide Trivia Quiz, folks! Last night we were on hand to greet the VIP guests who walked the Red Carpet for Opening Night of the hotly anticipated Broadway revival of West Side Story! We caught up with a host of stars from stage and screen, as well as the man of the moment, director Ivo van Hove, at the Broadway Theatre and we put their knowledge of this beloved, classic musical to the test! Find out just how well they fared in the following video...

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February 20, 2020

Tonight, tonight won't be just any night... because it's the Opening Night for the hotly anticipated Broadway revival of West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre. Ahead of the celebrations, producers have now released official production photography, so check out these stunning new shots...

Our West Side Story Review

There’s a place for us. Somewhere, a place for us.  When news broke that Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner were remaking West Side Story, there was a bit of discussion around redoing a beloved film that many believe to be one of the best movie musicals ever made. Why mess with perfection?

After mamboing into musical theater history in 1957, West Side Story has rumbled back again in a reimagined revival by Belgian director Ivo van Hove so packed with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling video that it’s like a new hybrid. Call it a Broadway vidsical. While you’re at it, call this provocative yet mixed production at the Broadway Theatre wildly visceral, ultra gritty and at times... Read more