West Side Story

Maria! Maria! Maria! West Side Story is being screened in conjunction with PNB’s Broadway Festival. The 1961 take on Romeo and Juliet racked up 10 Oscars and remains a high-water mark for postwar American movie musicals. With a knockout book and score by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, the film boasts choreography by Jerome Robbins. (And, yes, you can see some of his same dances performed live next door.) We’ll admit that Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer don’t make the most dynamic or believable couple (while Rita Moreno is hot), but with the Sharks and Jets dancing madly around them—who cares? (Also note that On Your Toes plays the preceding Friday, March 13; and Carousel on Saturday, March 14.) BRIAN MILLER

Sun., March 15, 2 & 6 p.m., 2009

 
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