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Steven Spielberg expertly reunites the rivalry of the Sharks and the Jets in this masterful musical of love and revenge set in 1950s New York City. Bringing new life to one of the world’s best loved films – there’s a new song, a new character and, thanks to digital technology, a stunning new look NYC – you’ll still thrill at the songs, choreography, passion and high drama of it all.
Famously based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the story of two gangs: the Sharks and the Jets. The Sharks are a Puerto Rican gang, gradually encroaching on the patch of their white rivals, the Jets. Ansel Elgort plays Tony, an ex-Jets member trying to keep out of gang warfare. The Sharks leader is Bernardo, who has a controlling relationship with both his girlfriend Anita and his sister Maria, played by newcomer Rachel Zegler. When they meet at a dance Tony and Maria become star-crossed lovers, but their relationship is doomed.
With music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (America, Tonight, I Feel Pretty and many more) this is one of the cinema highlights we’ve been waiting for over the past 18 months.
“Spielberg’s finest film in 20 years, and a new milestone in the career of one of our greatest living directors” Telegraph
“now a whole new audience can revel in the splendour of West Side Story.” Metro
“I gave my heart to this poignant American fairytale of doomed love.” Guardian
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