When: Sundays, 3 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 6 2015
The Jets and the Sharks take the stage in this timeless Sondheim and Bernstein musical about forbidden love. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story tells the tragic story of Maria and Tony, two teens from enemy gangs in 1950s-era Manhattan. Early drafts of the script explored a conflict between families (one Irish Catholic, one Jewish) on the Lower East Side; amid rising gang violence, the creators set the play on the Upper West Side to focus on turf wars between Puerto Ricans and whites. Christopher Rodriguez directs the Woodlawn’s production.