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West Side Story

May 31 – Jun 23, 2019

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Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on conception of Jerome Robbins
Directed by Bill Berry
Original Choreography Reproduced by Bob Richard
Presented in association with Spectrum Dance Theater

Revel in the transcendent majesty of storytelling at its finest. The 5th Avenue Theatre is calling on the full breadth and depth of its artistic resources to stage an unforgettable production of West Side Story. This is musical theater as only The 5th can do it: with a cast of 44 of the finest performers ever to grace our stage, a 25-piece orchestra and the highest levels of talent and artistic dedication bar none. The dancing will bring you to the edge of your seat; the music will resonate deep in your soul; the story will lift you to the heights of passion. Do not miss this show.

Run Time for West Side Story is approximately 2.5 hours including one 15-minute intermission.

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Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on conception of Jerome Robbins
Directed by Bill Berry
Presented in association with Spectrum Dance Theater

Original Choreography Reproduced by: Bob Richard

Music DirectorMatt Perri

Scenic DesignerMartin Christoffel

Costume Designer Rose Pederson

Lighting Designer: Mary Louise Geiger

Sound Designer: Justin Stasiw

Hair & Wig Designer: Mary Pyanowski Jones

Production Stage Manager: JR Welden

West Side Story Cast (click for bio):

KYLE NICHOLAS ANDERSON

KYLE NICHOLAS ANDERSON
Snowboy

KYLE NICHOLAS ANDERSON

KYLE NICHOLAS ANDERSON
(Snowboy)

Anderson is ecstatic to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! National Tour: Something Rotten!. Regional highlights: Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY, Dallas Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Village Theatre. Proud graduate of Syracuse University! Endless thanks to the entire WSS team, Kelsey, and The Hybrid Agency. Love to Liz and his incredible family. For Nana. @KyleNicholasAnderson.

WILLIAM BRANNER

WILLIAM BRANNER
Tony

WILLIAM BRANNER

WILLIAM BRANNER
(Tony)

Branner makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut to star as Tony. He was seen in the National Tour of Bat Out Of Hell (Ledoux, Original North American Company), Off-Broadway in Kragtar: An American Monster Musical, and regionally at The Old Globe (October Sky), Barrington Stage (West Side Story, BTCA nomination), PCLO, Music Theatre Wichita, and Adirondack Theatre Festival. Branner received a B.F.A from the University of Michigan.

NATHAN BROCKETT

NATHAN BROCKETT
Glad Hand

NATHAN BROCKETT

NATHAN BROCKETT
(Glad Hand)

Brockett is a Seattle-based actor, director, and writer. His 5th Avenue Theatre debut was in Assassins, a co-pro with ACT. Other recent Seattle credits include Ironbound at Seattle Public Theater, A Proper Place and ZM at Village Theatre, and Peter and the Starcatcher at ArtsWest. He is also a founding member of filament: a collab lab with Sophia Franzella and Brittany Allyson.

MIKHAIL CALLISTE

MIKHAIL CALLISTE
Anxious

MIKHAIL CALLISTE

MIKHAIL CALLISTE
(Anxious)

Calliste, a Trinidad and Tobago native, received his BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts. He’s one of the four newest company members of Spectrum Dance Theater. This is his first appearance with The 5th and he hopes that the journey continues!

JEREMY CLINE

JEREMY CLINE
Gee Tar

JEREMY CLINE

JEREMY CLINE
(Gee Tar)

Cline debuted at The 5th in Carousel. He has also performed with the Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Opera, Spectrum Dance Theater, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, and Khambatta Dance Company. Cline is currently completing his MFA in choreography at the University of Iowa.

GABRIEL COREY

GABRIEL COREY
Action

GABRIEL COREY

GABRIEL COREY
(Action)

Corey returns to The 5th as Action. Past 5th Avenue Theatre shows include A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Oliver!, ELF-The Musical, Damn Yankees and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas). 

ALEXANDER GIL CRUZ

ALEXANDER GIL CRUZ
Bernardo

ALEXANDER GIL CRUZ

ALEXANDER GIL CRUZ
(Bernardo)

Cruz is excited to be returning to The 5th in one of his favorite roles. The 5th: Associate Choreographer for Holiday Inn. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Paul), West Side Story. Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo), In the Heights (Ensemble/Usnavi u/s), La Cage Aux Folles, Peter Pan. Featured as a dancer on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Get Down, Vinyl, and Saturday Night Live. Cruz would like to thank his mentors, teachers, and family for getting him where he is today. Mambo!

MICHELE DOOLEY

MICHELE DOOLEY
Swing

MICHELE DOOLEY

MICHELE DOOLEY
(Swing)

Dooley, from Philadelphia, received her BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts. She recently moved to Seattle to dance with Spectrum Dance Theater. This is her first time performing with The 5th and she hopes it’s not her last. IG: @Michele_mybelle_.

BLAIR JOLLY ELLIOT

BLAIR JOLLY ELLIOT
Anybodys

BLAIR JOLLY ELLIOT

BLAIR JOLLY ELLIOT
(Anybodys)

Elliot received her BFA from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. Recently, Elliot was featured in a film by Alex Crozier, The Millennial Experience, in partnership with CD Forum. Elliot is stoked to be back at The 5th, four years after performing in her first 5th Avenue Theatre production Carousel with Spectrum Dance Theater. This is Elliot’s fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater.

LINDSAY ELVIG

LINDSAY ELVIG
Pauline

LINDSAY ELVIG

LINDSAY ELVIG
(Pauline)

Elvig is making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut, and is a recent UW Musical Theatre graduate. She is grateful to her friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank all those involved in West Side Story. Instagram: @lindsaygeneil.

MARCO FARRONI

MARCO FARRONI
Luis

MARCO FARRONI

MARCO FARRONI
(Luis)

Farroni, born in the Dominican Republic, received a BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. This is Marco’s second season dancing with Spectrum Dance Theater.

SOPHIE FRANCO

SOPHIE FRANCO
Rosalia

SOPHIE FRANCO

SOPHIE FRANCO
(Rosalia)

Franco (they/them) is a Latinx performance artist working in the Seattle area. Regional credits: Native Gardens, B, JUAN PALMIERI, Proof, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Las Mariposas y Los Muertos, and Bernie’s Apartment. Franco is also a Resident Actor with Washington Ensemble Theater.

JIM GALL

JIM GALL
Lt Schrank

JIM GALL

JIM GALL
(Lt Schrank)

This is Gall’s sixth production at The 5th. Other shows include 1776, Wonderful Town, Pippin, and Guys and Dolls. Regional: Of Mice and Men, Diary of Anne Frank, The Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird. Regional: Seattle Rep, Intiman, Kansas City Rep, St. Louis Rep, Madison Rep, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Theatreworks. Gall has been awarded four Seattle Times Footlight Awards and was nominated for a Gregory Award. Gall received an MFA from UW under the direction of Jack Clay.

ILIANA GARCIA

ILIANA GARCIA
Francisca

ILIANA GARCIA

ILIANA GARCIA
(Francisca)

5th Avenue debut! Recently: The Mistress at Riverside Theatre. Regional Credits: In the Heights (Nina, Vanessa, Carla); You’re…Charlie Brown (Sally), The Music Man, Annie, 9 to 5. TV/Film: Younger, High Fidelity, Blue Bloods, Around and Around. Mucho amor a mi Familia and The Price Group! IlianaGarcia.net. Instagram: @ilianamgarcia.

PAUL GIARRATANO

PAUL GIARRATANO
Swing

PAUL GIARRATANO

PAUL GIARRATANO
(Swing)

Giarratano graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2016 with a BFA in Dance. Upon graduation, Giarratano danced for two seasons with Spectrum Dance Theater under the direction of Donald Byrd, and returned as a guest artist for the 2018/19 season.

SAPPHIRE GOETZ

SAPPHIRE GOETZ
Ensemble

SAPPHIRE GOETZ

SAPPHIRE GOETZ
(Ensemble)

The 5th: Kiss Me, Kate. Regional: Dreamgirls. Dance/Choreography BFA Cornish College of the Arts. BDC ProSem (NYC). So much love to her family flying in from Georgia for this! Love to Mom and Andrés. For Charon, Rest in Power.

DANIELLE GONZALEZ

DANIELLE GONZALEZ
Anita

DANIELLE GONZALEZ

DANIELLE GONZALEZ
(Anita)

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Gonzalez just came from the Off-Broadway premiere of Clueless: The Musical where she originated the role of Lucy. Gonzalez has been on National Tour with Rock of Ages, Flashdance: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie Mangano). TV Upcoming: Katy Keene (CW). Gonzalez would not be here without the support of family and friends. She is unbelievably grateful for this opportunity.

RICHARD GRAY

RICHARD GRAY
Krupke

RICHARD GRAY

RICHARD GRAY
(Krupke)

To come.

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN
Doc

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN
(Doc)

At The 5th: The Secret Garden, Carousel, Elf, Aladdin, Mame, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy, My Fair Lady. Broadway: Dancing at Lughnasa, Ned and Jack, The National Health, Ah! Wilderness, Poor Murderer, The Queen and The Rebels. Griffin has appeared at all of the professional theaters in Seattle, as well as the major repertory companies across the US. He has toured nationally and internationally. He has appeared in several films, television series, and commercials. He has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1968.

DIEGO GUEVARA

DIEGO GUEVARA
Moose, Bernardo Understudy

DIEGO GUEVARA

DIEGO GUEVARA
(Moose, Bernardo Understudy)

Guevara is elated to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Tours: Legally Blonde: The Musical. Regional: Spring Awakening, In the Heights, As You Like It, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Thank you to Lisa, TPG, Bob, Bill, Simón y mi familia adorada! @Diego.Guev. DiegoGuevara.weebly.com.

NIK HAGEN

NIK HAGEN
A-Rab

NIK HAGEN

NIK HAGEN
(A-Rab)

Hagen couldn’t be more excited to return to The 5th’s stage after Rock of Ages (Franz), Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, and How to Succeed…He has a BA in Theatre from Whitman College and has performed at Village Theatre (Mary Poppins, Neleus); STAGEright (Into the Woods, Baker); and the Can Can Cabaret. Find the closest person near you that you don’t know and say hello; they might need it. IG: @NikHagen.

HUTCH HAGENDORF

HUTCH HAGENDORF
Mouth Piece

HUTCH HAGENDORF

HUTCH HAGENDORF
(Mouth Piece)

Hagendorf, originally from Houston, received his BFA in dance at the University of Arizona School of Dance and has performed with Royal Caribbean International, iKADA Contemporary Dance Company, and De Funes Dance. This is Hagendorf’s first season with Spectrum Dance Theater.

TREVOR HANSEN

TREVOR HANSEN
Big Deal

TREVOR HANSEN

TREVOR HANSEN
(Big Deal)

Hansen is overjoyed to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Born and raised in Washington, Hansen has studied classical ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of seven. Hansen has worked for Can Can Cabaret (Pike Place Market), Village Theatre (Newsies), Seattle Opera (Aida), and most recently dancing for Norwegian Cruise lines in the Mediterranean.

LAURA ELIZABETH HENNING

LAURA ELIZABETH HENNING
Velma

LAURA ELIZABETH HENNING

LAURA ELIZABETH HENNING
(Velma)

Henning is thrilled to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre! The 5th: Holiday Inn. Regional: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette), Cats National Tour (Cassandra), Theatre Under the Stars, North Shore Music Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Kansas City Starlight, and more. Many thanks to cast, crew, family, and friends!

JORDAN JACKSON

JORDAN JACKSON
Diesel

JORDAN JACKSON

JORDAN JACKSON
(Diesel)

To come.

KARMA JENKINS

KARMA JENKINS
Consuela

KARMA JENKINS

KARMA JENKINS
(Consuela)

Jenkins is thrilled to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut! National Tour: Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Regional: In the Heights, The Wiz, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Cats. Regional: The MUNY, The John W. Engeman, North Shore Music Theatre, Phoenix Theatre. Special thanks to her family, friends, and the Penny Luedtke Agency! Follow all her adventures @karmanoelle.

DANNY KAM

DANNY KAM
Swing

DANNY KAM

DANNY KAM
(Swing)

Kam is delighted to be a part of this production. Previously at The 5th: Jasper in Deadland, Cinderella, and two tours of AMT. Regional: The Passage, ZM, Billy Elliot, and String. Kam is also a vocal coach and the recipient of a 5th Avenue Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical.

RICO LASTRAPES

RICO LASTRAPES
Shark Boy

RICO LASTRAPES

RICO LASTRAPES
(Shark Boy)

Lastrapes is excited to make his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Lastrapes received his BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. Regional: Newsies, In the Heights, ELF, Godspell, Last Stop on Market Street, Peter and the Starcatcher. More @ricol24 on Instagram.

CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ

CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ
Chino

CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ

CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ
(Chino)

Lopez is making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut in West Side Story. He is currently a third year student at Cornish College of the Arts. He would like to thank his parents, Tinka Gutrick-Daley and the rest of the Cornish staff for assisting him throughout his journey. Regional: Evita (San Diego Rep), 42nd Street (San Diego Musical Theatre).

DAN LUSARDI

DAN LUSARDI
Riff

DAN LUSARDI

DAN LUSARDI
(Riff)

Lusardi is making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! Favorite regional credits include: Footloose (Ren) at Cortland Rep, 42nd Street (Andy Lee) at North Shore Music Theatre, Crazy for You (Sam) at Arrow Rock Lyceum, West Side Story with the Sioux City Symphony, Gypsy and How to Succeed…at Flat Rock Playhouse, and Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius) at Interlakes Theatre. Elon University BFA. Always love and gratitude to family.

MARTE OSIRIS MADERA

MARTE OSIRIS MADERA
Indio

MARTE OSIRIS MADERA

MARTE OSIRIS MADERA
(Indio)

Madera, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, received a BFA in Dance from San Jose State University. He has danced for Dance Kaleidoscope, sj DANCE co, Oakland Ballet, Menlowe Ballet, Lustig Dance Theater, Man Dance Company, Robert Moses’ Kin, Margaret Wingrove Dance, Central West Ballet, and Spectrum Dance Theater.

NIA-AMINA MINOR

NIA-AMINA MINOR
Marguerita

NIA-AMINA MINOR

NIA-AMINA MINOR
(Marguerita)

Minor, from South Central Los Angeles, holds a BA from Stanford University and MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. In 2014, she co-founded No) one Art House, a multi-disciplinary collective based in Los Angeles. Minor is in her third season with Spectrum Dance Theater.

CARLOS NARVAEZ

CARLOS NARVAEZ
Shark Ensemble

CARLOS NARVAEZ

CARLOS NARVAEZ
(Shark Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre debut! At 18, Narvaez began ballet at the Academy of Ballet San Francisco and has participated in ProDanza’s summer intensives in Cuba. He is currently with Olympic Ballet Theatre and represented by Topo Swope Talent. Instagram: @sf_bandido.

TAYLOR NIEMEYER

TAYLOR NIEMEYER
Estella

TAYLOR NIEMEYER

TAYLOR NIEMEYER
(Estella)

Niemeyer is so grateful to be a part of this incredible show! At The 5th: Annie; Hunchback…; Kiss Me, Kate; Romy and Michele…, The Little Mermaid, How to Succeed…, A Chorus Line, Music Man. Up next: Olive in Spelling Bee at Village Theatre! Love to Tim!

KAYDEN OLIVER

KAYDEN OLIVER
Pepe

KAYDEN OLIVER

KAYDEN OLIVER
(Pepe)

Oliver is beyond ecstatic to be making his debut with The 5th Avenue Theatre. Regional: Newsies, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (World Premiere), The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls, and Beauty and the Beast. Love to all his family and friends! Instagram: @KaydenOliver.

TIA PETERSEN

TIA PETERSEN
Graziella

TIA PETERSEN

TIA PETERSEN
(Graziella)

Petersen is thrilled for her second show with The 5th Avenue Theatre after last season’s Holiday Inn. A recent graduate from the University of Washington, she has been dancing it up onstage at Can Can Cabaret. Big thanks and much love to her supportive family! @t_uhpetersen.

EMILY PIHLAJA

EMILY PIHLAJA
Clarice

EMILY PIHLAJA

EMILY PIHLAJA
(Clarice)

Pihlaja is from New Canaan, CT, and trained with the New England Academy of Dance and Kirov Academy of Ballet. She has performed with Oregon Ballet Theatre and Thomas/Ortiz Dance and is now in her fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater.

ANDREW PONTIUS

ANDREW PONTIUS
Tiger

ANDREW PONTIUS

ANDREW PONTIUS
(Tiger)

Pontius originally from Bremerton, studied ballet with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet. He danced with Dresden Semper Oper Ballet and Victor Ullate Ballet before joining Spectrum Dance Theater. This is his fifth season working with Donald Byrd at Spectrum.

FAUSTO RIVERA

FAUSTO RIVERA
Shark Boy

FAUSTO RIVERA

FAUSTO RIVERA
(Shark Boy)

is a Chicano dance artist from the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology. This is his fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater, and second show with The 5th.

OLIVIA SCHMID

OLIVIA SCHMID
Shark Girl

OLIVIA SCHMID

OLIVIA SCHMID
(Shark Girl)

Schmid was born in Jacksonville, Florida and studied dance at Douglas Anderson SOTA. She was awarded the President’s Scholarship at Southern Methodist University where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance. Schmid is currently an apprentice at Spectrum Dance Theater.

MARY SIGWARD

MARY SIGWARD
Jeanie

MARY SIGWARD

MARY SIGWARD
(Jeanie)

Sigward was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2015, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Dance Performance and joined Spectrum Dance Theater. She is excited to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut.

REBBEKAH VEGA-ROMERO

REBBEKAH VEGA-ROMERO
Maria

REBBEKAH VEGA-ROMERO

REBBEKAH VEGA-ROMERO
(Maria)

Vega-Romero is overjoyed to be making her debut at The 5th. She dedicates this performance to her abuelita, a seamstress from Habana who encouraged her to “cante desde el corazón.” Vega-Romero is an award-winning poet and screenwriter who hopes that her work will inspire other mixed-race girls to realize that “there’s a place for us.” If you would like to join her in creating that place, check out MixedRemixed.org. Thanks to her Ethnic Chameleons, the Jen Waldman Studio, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Jan Horvath, James Winn, and her friends and family. Visit her on the web at www.RebbekahVegaRomero.com or @RebbekahVR on social media.

BRANDON WEGLIN

BRANDON WEGLIN
Baby John

BRANDON WEGLIN

BRANDON WEGLIN
(Baby John)

Weglin is thrilled to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre after last being seen in RSP: The Pajama Game. Other credits from The 5th include: RSP: How to Succeed…, RSP: Carousel, RSP: The Music Man, and The Music Man. SCT summer stock: RENT (Collins). ArtsWest: Heathers (JD) and Merrily We Roll Along (Charley). Heartfelt thanks to Bill, Kelsey, Trina, and this amazing cast. Love to family and friends. Dream BIG!

JACLYN WHEATLEY

JACLYN WHEATLEY
Minnie

JACLYN WHEATLEY

JACLYN WHEATLEY
(Minnie)

Wheatley is thrilled to return to The 5th after Carousel! From Vancouver, Canada, she’s an Ailey/Fordham alum in her fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater, performs aerial dance with The Cabiri, and loves teaching dance! Love to her family, Alex, and Talli. @jax609.

West Side Story

West Side Story is an American version of Romeo and Juliet and it follows the play’s plot very closely. While Shakespeare’s tale concerns feuding aristocratic families in 15th Century Verona, West Side Story’s creators (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, choreography by Jerome Robbins) focus on a clash between second-generation Americans and newly-arrived Puerto Ricans in 1950s New York.

Run Time for West Side Story is approximately 2.5 hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Adult Language:

There is a little vulgar language, but it is very mild.  Lt. Schrank, for instance, threatens to “beat the crap out of every one of you and then run you in!” 

The conflict between the characters is fueled by racial prejudice, which is illustrated by the racist language used. Lieutenant Schrank, the cop on the beat, is openly racist in his remarks to the Sharks, the Puerto Rican gang (“Boy what you Puerto Ricans have done to this neighborhood.” “Get your trash out of here!” To the Jets: “I gotta put up with them and so do you!”). Later at Doc’s Candy Store, Schrank will be even more explicit: “Clear out, Spics. Sure it’s a free country and I ain’t got the right. But it’s a country with laws: and I can find the right. I got the badge, you got the skin. It’s tough all over. Beat it!”  When the Jets refuse to cooperate with Lt. Schrank, he shouts, “You oughta be taken down to the station house and have your skulls mashed to pulp! You and the tin horn immigrant scum you came from!”

The Jets complain that the Puerto Ricans are “ruinin’ free enterprise.” Bernardo and the sharks, on the other hand, point out that Tony is a “Polack”: “The mother of Tony was born in Poland; Tony was born in America, so that makes him an American. But us? Foreigners! Lice! Cockroaches!” The war council between the Jets and the Sharks escalates into racial epithets: “Move where you’re wanted!” “Back where ya came from!” “Spics!” “Micks!” “Wop!”

Sexual References:

These are implied rather than explicit. Anybodys, a girl and a wanna-be Jet, pleads: “How about me gettin’ in the gang now?” A-rab responds: “How about the gang gettin’ in – ahhh, who’d wanta?” Later when she makes fun of Baby John (“You let him be a Jet!”), he responds, “Ah, go walk the streets like ya sister.” Trying to taunt the Jets into giving him information about the coming rumble, Lt. Schrank asks one of them, “How’s the action on your mother’s mattress, Action?”

Maria pleads with Anita to lower the neck of her gown: “It is now to be dress for dancing, no longer for kneeling in front of an altar.”  Anita replies, “With those boys, you can start out dancing and end up kneeling.”  When Anita says Puerto Ricans came to America “ready, eager, with our hearts open,” Consuela echoes, “Our arms open -” and her boyfriend counters, “You came with your pants open.”

Anita, waiting for Bernardo to return from the rumble, sings, “He’ll walk in hot and tired / So what? / Don’t matter if he’s tired / As long he’s hot / Tonight!”

After the Sharks and the Jets rumble, Tony and Maria meet in Maria’s bedroom; they kiss and embrace and the lights go down.  Later they are seen asleep in the bed (there is no nudity).

Drugs/Alcohol:

The “Jet Song” observes that “When you’re a Jet, / You’re a Jet all the way / From your first cigarette / To your last dyin’ day.”

In the song “Gee Officer Krupke,” the Jets derisively claim that their delinquency is a result of their upbringing: “Our mothers all are junkies / Our fathers all are drunks / Golly Moses – Natcherly we’re punks! . . . Dear kindly judge, your honor / My parents treat me rough / With all their marijuana / They won’t give me a puff. / They didn’t wanna have me / But somehow I was had. / Leapin’ lizards – that’s why I’m so bad!” In a mocking confession to an “analyst,” another Jet declares, “My grandpa’s always plastered / My grandma pushes tea” (marijuana).

Violence/Scariness:

Like Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story begins with a brawl between rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks; the fighting is stylized and choreographed.

Two characters die in a knife fight, and a third is shot and killed; the deaths occur onstage.

In the “taunting scene,” Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend is insulted (“Bernardo’s tramp!” “Lyin’ spic!”); she is pushed, jeered at, and forced to lunge for her shawl. The attempted rape that ensues is highly stylized and choreographed rather than being depicted graphically or realistically; there is no nudity, no explicitly sexual gestures and no overt violence.