24 June 2011

WEST SIDE STORY back in cinemas on Sep 16 for 50th Anniversary

The landmark Romeo & Juliet musical reimagining WEST SIDE STORY will return to select UK cinemas on September 16th in time for its 50th anniversary! You can catch it in London at the BFI, or you can check your local listings in your city.

Winner of ten Academy Awards, including 'Best Picture', this electrifying musical (with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950's New York. The Jets, a gang on the West Side, is getting ready to rumble and fight the rival Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks. Riff, the leader of the Jets, tries to enlist the help of the co-founder of the gang, Tony. But Tony has quit the gang to work at an honest job, and he goes along only to keep the peace. At the dance where the gangs meet to arrange the rumble, Tony falls in love with Maria, sister of Bernardo, leader of the rival Sharks. At the rumble, Tony tries to limit the weapons to fists, but the fighting gets out of control.

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