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West Side Story
BUY TICKETS 3pm Saturday 25 August
DIRECTORS Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
CAST Natalie Wood, Richad Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno
A rare chance to see this brilliant musical on the big screen to celebrate composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.
Winner of ten Oscars (including Best Picture), this is arguably the best musical ever made, setting a Romeo and Juliet story in the slums of 1950s New York, with Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics and Leonard Bernstein’s superb score the perfect backdrop. White West Side American gang the Jets are preparing to fight their rivals, the Puerto Rican Sharks, but matters are complicated when Tony falls in love with Maria, sister of Barnardo, the leader of the Sharks. Groundbreaking choreography and an unforgettable energy make this a must-see on the big screen.
(1961 USA 145 mins)
Screened in celebration of Bernstein’s 100th birthday.
Leonard Bernstein’s rich, eloquent and demanding score is still a powerful experience, however, and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s street ballets look exotic and experimental – as well as being great spectacle. The Jets and the Sharks confront each other with finger-snapping scorn on the streets of New York, and Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer fall in love from opposite sides of the ethnic chain-linked fence. (I Like To Be In) America really is a terrific number and classic showtune. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
BBFC advice: Contains mild violence and racist terms