Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion of the new film adaptation of WEST SIDE STORY (2021). Directed by Steven Spielberg, from an original screenplay by Tony Kushner, WEST SIDE STORY tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.
This panel discussion will feature voices from in front of and behind the camera, speaking to the production’s commitment to authenticity, Latinx representation in Hollywood and why WEST SIDE STORY is more relevant than ever.
34th Hispanic Heritage Awards - West Side Story 60th Anniversary
West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.
Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the original film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961. On this 60th anniversary, let's look back at "West Side Story" and the ways Latinos are bringing it into the present.
TCM Big Screen Classics: West Side Story 60th Anniversary | November 28 & December 1 Only
This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950's New York.
West Side Story explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs – white working-class Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharksʼ leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill. Illustrating the events are many memorable song and dance numbers such as ʻAmericaʼ, ʻSomewhereʼ and ʻI Feel Prettyʼ.
Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961.
This special 60th anniversary event will feature exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.