What is West Side Story about?
The plot of West Side Story follows a similar line to that of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, as two people fall in love from across a social divide.
While in the original story it is feuding families, this version, like the 1961 film, sees the couple based in rival gangs in 1950s New York City.
Not only are they separated by their gangs, but their differing ethnicities also pose a problem for their union, as is made clear by their friends and families.
The film, like the play, also includes heartbreak and tragedy, though this version, according to screenwriter Tony, is based more closely on the original book and stage show than on its famous film adaptation.