West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein (1957)
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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in music
2. West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein (1957)
The warring Montagues and Capulets became New York street gangs – the Sharks and the Jets – in Bernstein’s revolutionary musical. Puerto Rican Maria and American Tony even got their own balcony scene and some of the most brilliant songs written in the 20th century.