The song "Tonight", however has a somewhat different, albeit more intense prediction of what's to come. It's clear that tonight definitely will be different than most nights, and it, too seems to predict something coming that's both good and bad. The following lyrics, I believe, are quite telling of what will be coming, but in a subtle way that seems to warn that caution should be taken.
won't be just any night.
Tonight there will be no
The last sentence in the above verse of the song "Tonight" is even more telling, because it tells of something even more ominous, if not darker than what "Something's Comin'" was predicting. The sentence "Tonight, there will be no morning star" can be interpreted in different ways, but I tend to interpret this particular phrase as meaning that the night (at least in psycbological terms), which starts out as exuberant and full of optomism, promise and hope, will go up in smoke and sadness, but still nobody knows exactly what will happen. Yet, despite all the destruction and sadness, there would be a ray of hope as well.
Some people would interpret the song "Tonight", especially the phrase "Tonight there will be no morning star." as meaning that it's always darkest before the dawn; there has to be darkness before the light shows, that there must be war/conflict before there can be peace. West Side Story, overall, sends a double-edged but comprehensive message; The destructive consequences of racial/ethnic prejudice, gang violence, arrogance and hubris. Yet, it also depicts a ray of hope that, for a
(possibly fleeting) moment, manages to pierce the darkness--the coming together in the end of several Jets and Sharks who united (at least momentarily) to help carry Tony's body off after he'd been shot to death by Shark member, Chino. This latter set of circumstances sends the message that, as difficult as reconciliation between people can be and often is, reconciliation is still possible, even thought it may seem distant, with many obstacles along the way.