West Side Story

West Side Story

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  • Jerome Robbins
  • Robert Wise


  • Natalie Wood
  • George Chakiris
  • Richard Beymer
  • Rita Moreno

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Two rival gangs, the white Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks, battle for turf on the streets of New York City. When former Jet Tony (Richard Beymer) and younger sister of Shark gang leader, Maria (Natalie Wood), meet at a dance, no one can stop their love. But tragedy strikes as tensions escalate and the young couple are faced with the heartbreaking consequences. 

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR