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West Side Story (1961) Returns to the Big Screen

Posted November 9, 2021

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents

West Side Story 60th Anniversary

West Side Story returns to the big screen for a special two-day event with exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies: TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz. See this electrifying musical November 28 & December 1.

West Side Story explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs – white working-class Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharksʼ leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill. Illustrating the events are many memorable song and dance numbers such as ʻAmericaʼ, ʻSomewhereʼ and ʻI Feel Prettyʼ.

Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961.

This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950's New York.

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