West Side Story

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West Side Story
Music Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Book Arthur Laurents
Basis Romeo and Juliet, play by William Shakespeare
Productions Broadway (1957)
West End (1958)
Movie (1961)

West Side Story is a musical. It is based on Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. The book was written by Arthur Laurents. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein, and the lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim. It starred Carol Lawrence as Maria.

It opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on 26 September 1957, and on the West End at Her Majesty's Theatre on 12 December 1958. On the West End, it had 1,039 performances. It won two Tony Awards. The musical was adapted to a movie in 1961 starring Natalie Wood. It won 10 Academy Awards.

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