Bernstein: West Side Story (1957)
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8. Bernstein: West Side Story (1957)
Inspired by William Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Bernstein's ground-breaking masterpiece of musical theatre is set in New York's Upper West Side neighborhood where rival gangs battle to control the streets. The serious theme focusing on social problems, the sophisticated music and dance episodes marked a turning point in American musical theatre.