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West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical conceived by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.

By ABDUL RASHID Published 5 months ago 4 min read
West Side Story
Photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash

In thevibrant streets of the Upper West Side, two rival teenage gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, clash for control of their neighborhood. It's a battle of cultures, with the Jets representing the white Americans and the Sharks representing the Puerto Ricans. The tension is palpable as these gangs fight for dominance.

But amidst the chaos, two individuals stand out. Riff, the charismatic leader of the Jets, hatches a plan to challenge Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, to a rumble. He believes this will solidify the Jets' position on the streets. Riff is determined to convince his best friend, Tony, who used to be a Jet, to join them at the neighborhood dance where the challenge will take place.

Tony, who now works at Doc's Drugstore, initially refuses Riff's plea. However, Riff's unwavering loyalty and persuasive charm win him over. Tony senses that something important is on the horizon, and he can't resist the call to action.

Meanwhile, Maria, a recent arrival from Puerto Rico, works in a bridal shop alongside Anita, her brother Bernardo's girlfriend. Maria is set to marry Chino, a friend of Bernardo's, in an arranged marriage. However, she confides in Anita that she doesn't love Chino. In a heartwarming gesture, Anita creates a beautiful dress for Maria to wear to the neighborhood dance.

As the night of the dance arrives, the atmosphere is electric. The teenagers gather, ready to showcase their dance skills. Amidst the challenge dance, Tony and Maria, who are not participating, lock eyes from across the room. There's an undeniable connection between them, and they are drawn together. They dance as if the world around them fades away, falling deeply in love.

However, their moment of bliss is short-lived as Bernardo intervenes, forcefully separating Maria from Tony and sending her home. Riff and Bernardo agree to meet for a War Council at Doc's, a neutral ground, to discuss the escalating tensions.

But Tony, infatuated and filled with happiness, can't resist the pull of Maria. He finds her building and serenades her outside her bedroom window, declaring his love for her. To his delight, Maria appears on her fire escape, reciprocating his feelings.

In this tale of forbidden love and rivalries, Tony and Maria's connection shines through the darkness. Their love is a beacon of hope in a world filled with conflict. And as they profess their love for one another

The Jets grow restless as they await the arrival of the Sharks inside Doc's drugstore. Sensing their pent-up energy, Riff steps in to help them release their aggression with a confident "Cool."

Finally, the Sharks make their entrance, ready to discuss the weapons they will use in the upcoming rumble. Surprisingly, Tony proposes a "fair fight" using only their fists, a suggestion that the leaders of both gangs agree to, despite the protests from their fellow members.

Bernardo, eager to face off against Tony, reluctantly settles for a fight with Diesel, Riff's trusted second-in-command.

As tension builds, Lieutenant Schrank, who has proven to be ineffective, delivers a monologue in an attempt to extract information about the rumble's location. Unfazed, Tony confides in Doc about his love for Maria. While Doc expresses concern for their safety, Tony remains unwavering in his conviction that nothing can go wrong when love is involved.

The next day, Maria is super pumped at the bridal shop because she can't wait to see Tony again. But then Anita drops a bombshell about the upcoming rumble, and Maria is totally bummed out. When Tony finally shows up, Maria is all like, "Dude, you gotta stop this fight!" And surprisingly, Tony agrees. But before he leaves, they start daydreaming about their wedding and all that mushy stuff ("One Hand, One Heart"). Meanwhile, Anita, Bernardo, the Sharks, Riff, and the Jets are all getting hyped up for the big night ahead ("Tonight Quintet"). They all meet up under the highway, and just as the fight between Bernardo and Diesel is about to start, Tony shows up and tries to break it up. Bernardo starts taunting Tony and making fun of his peace-making efforts, but Tony keeps his cool. Then Bernardo pushes Tony, and Riff jumps in to defend him by throwing a punch. Things escalate quickly, and they both whip out their switchblades and start going at it ("The Rumble"). Tony tries to step in and stop the madness, but it all goes south when Bernardo fatally stabs Riff. In a fit of rage, Tony retaliates and kills Bernardo, which sets off a full-blown brawl just like in the beginning. Suddenly, police sirens start blaring, and everyone scatters like cockroaches, except for Tony, who's left standing there in shock at what he's done. Anybodys, the tomboy who's always wanted to be a Jet, tells Tony to make a run for it at the last minute and takes off with the knives. All that's left behind are the lifeless bodies of Riff and Bernardo.


About the Creator


Hi my name is Abdul Rashid a novelist. Seeking opportunities to continue exploring the world of fiction and connecting with a wider audience through my writing. People who show my story them satisfaction is my satisfaction.

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