Hop Film celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with his classic musical, inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
What better way to celebrate 100 years of Leonard Bernstein than with this electrifying musical? His soaring, instantly memorable score, paired with lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, stands as one of the finest ever written for the American musical theater.
This instant classic transports the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet to the slums of 1950s New York, where a rivalry between two teenage street gangs—the white working-class Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks—threatens to escalate beyond the occasional dance-off. When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharks’ leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill.
With unforgettable song and dance numbers such as “America,” “Somewhere” and “I Feel Pretty,” this winner of 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) is now digitally restored—and a must-see on the big screen.
D: Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, US, 1961, 2h31m
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