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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

West Side Story (1961, Jerome Robbins)

TitleWest Side Story
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorJerome Robbins
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 35 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsRomeo and Juliet (musical)


Award winning musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in which the tale of the two lovers in Renaissance Verona has been made over into a tale of feuding street gangs in New York City. The film is now available on videocassette but, according to Scott Simmon of the Library of Congress, the spectacular choreography is considerably diminished on the television screen

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

TonyRichard Beymer
Officer KrupkeWilliam Bramley
BernardoGeorge Chakiris
DocNed Glass
AnitaRita Moreno
Lt. ShrankSimon Oakland
RiffRuss Tamblyn
MariaNatalie Wood

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJerome Robbins
DirectorRobert Wise
ProducerRobert Wise
EditorThomas Stanford
ComposerLeonard Bernstein
ComposerSaul Chaplin
ComposerIrwin Kostal
ComposerSid Ramin
ComposerStephen Sondheim
ChoreographyJerome Robbins
ScreenplayErnest Lehman
CostumesIrene Sharaff
LightingDaniel Fapp
ConductorJohnny Green
ProductionVictor Gangelini
ProductionBoris Leven

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell