West Side Story

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USA | 1961 | 152 Minutes | Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

April 21, 2014

SIFF Members: show your card at the door for free admission!

Free for SIFF Members! Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950s New York. Introduction by Seattle Times theatre & arts critic Misha Berson.

This special screening is free for SIFF Members.
Show your SIFF Membership Card at the door on the night of the show for first-come admission.
All other tickets regular price.

When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way… And when it's a classic like West Side Story, it's a must to see on the big screen in original, dazzling widescreen glory. The hit Broadway musical featuring iconic songs by Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim beautifully made the leap to acclaimed film production under the guidance of veteran director Robert Wise, with assitance from the original Broadway director and choreographer Jerome Robbins.

The cast featured an array of talented newcomers who became screen legends, including George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, future EGOT holder Rita Moreno, and Natalie Wood (who landed the role by accident while helping her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty audition for the lead). 

  • Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
  • Principal Cast: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1961
  • Running Time: 152 Minutes