Jerome Robbins sets
the West Side Story concept
in motion. . .
A meeting with Arthur Laurents produces another
idea -- two teen-age gangs as the warring
factions, one of them newly-arrived Puerto
Ricans, the other self-styled "Americans."
"A young lyricist named Stephen Sondheim came
and sang us some of his songs today. What a talent!
I think he's ideal for this project, as do we all. The
collaboration grows." ---L.B.
West Side Story opens in D.C.
WSS opens on Broadway
at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Runs for 732 performances.
Tony Awards, 1958
Best Scenic Designer
United Artists motion picture released:
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer,
Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris