Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Only the opening prologue number and the Jets song were filmed on location in Manhattan, NY: (1) West 68th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and West End Avenue (Street Scenes). (2) East 110th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue (School ... ...
Riff: Beat it.
There are several instances of gang members (most notably the Jets) mouthing the wrong words during the songs.
There are no opening credits; a stylized, tinted aerial still of Manhattan is shown as the overture plays. The background changes color as the themes change throughout the overture. As the overture ends, the tinting is blue, the title appears, and the shot segues to aerial photography of Manhattan streets and landmarks.
In 2011, as part of the 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray release, a new score, closer to the original theatrical version, was orchestrated by the Leonard Bernstein Estate. It was performed live by the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics at screenings with the original score excised. (The original vocals were retained.) The New York performance was at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, built atop the movie's filming locations.
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Rita Moreno, Jimmy Bryant dubbing Richard Beymer, Marni Nixon dubbing Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Tucker Smith, George Chakiris, The Jets, and The Sharks
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