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Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

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West Side Story

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Closed August 26, 2018

A diverse, kinetic depiction of warring groups and star-crossed lovers.

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Why See West Side Story?

Another GUTHRIE smash-hit!

Joseph Haj directs a brand-new Guthrie revival of the iconic Broadway musical by Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein in 2018. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time with Arthur Laurents' book remaining as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. With music by both Bernstein and Sondheim, prepare to enjoy famous numbers such as 'Tonight,' 'America,' 'Maria,' 'I Feel Pretty' and 'Somewhere'.

Jerome Robbins' Tony-winning choreography also completely changed the language of Broadway dance, challenging performers to put their all into it.

What is West Side Story about?

Set in the upper-west-side neighbourhood of New York City in the mid 1950s, West Side Story tells the tale of the rivalry which exists between two youth gangs: The Jets and the Sharks. Originating from differing ethnic backgrounds, a bitter resentment of one another exists, so when Tony, of the Jets, falls in love with Maria of the Sharks, they are well aware of the illicit nature of their affection. So strong are their feelings however that they defy territorial obligations and choose to weather the consequences?

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Additional Information


Opening night: 16 June 2018


Suitable for ages 10+

Run time

Two hours and 40 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

And before you stop reading

Images property of T Charles Erickson

Cast and Creative


Based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Joseph Haj

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Amy: “Not the West Side Story I know...”

Very disappointed and to be honest quite disturbing, the story line was... more

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