"Something's coming, something..something's good

Although the golden age of the integrated American musical lasted for only two decades, it represents the enduring work of the mature musical. The story line of West Side Story (1961)—with its themes of unforgiving conflict between cultures, violent rivalry between gangs, and interracial love and passion overcoming differences—went far beyond its characters’ problems to reflect the social problems of American society. The athleticism and sexuality of the dancers performing to Leonard Bernstein’s score brought the musical’s message to life in a riveting production that is still relevant today.

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