Image from the 1961 film version of 'West Side Story'. Directed by Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise.
West Side Story was born of a collaboration between dancer/director Jerome Robbins, librettist Arthur Laurents, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and of course, composer Leonard Bernstein. It's a retelling of the Shakespearean story of 'Romeo and Juliet', but reset amongst the gangs and ghettos of New York.
Elizabeth Avery Scott, Perform Australia's CEO, spoke with Paula Kruger about the significance of West Side Story in the history of musical theatre.
Program: Afternoons with Paula Kruger, ABC 666
Date first broadcast: 19 March 2019