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.
Rehearsals begin.
West Side Story opens in D.C.
WSS opens on Broadway
at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Runs for 732 performances.
Tony Awards, 1958

Best Choreographer
(Jerome Robbins)

Best Scenic Designer
(Oliver Smith)
United Artists motion picture released:

Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer,
Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris