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West Side Story Comes Home: A 60th Anniversary Celebration


On September 26, 1957 West Side Story opened at the glamorous Winter Garden Theatre in midtown Manhattan, but the true setting of this innovative musical masterpiece was the gritty streets and blue collar housing projects of the upper west side. Maria and Tony’s tragic romance unfolded where Lincoln Center and The Library for the Performing Arts now stand. For this special program, West Side Story comes home – back to the neighborhood of the story’s setting; back to the archival home of Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; back to its moments of creation, through the memories of original cast members and special guests. Lend your voice to the 60th anniversary celebration of West Side Story, where we see rare documents from the show’s creators, share a conversation with West Side Story veterans, and sing along to live performances of the show’s most beloved numbers.

Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting August 19, 2017.

West side story
Original Broadway Playbill, 1957

(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. For free events, The Library generally overbooks to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)

This event takes place in the Library for the Performing Arts' Cafe, on the first floor, Lincoln Center plaza level.  Enter via the Cafe entrance by ascending the stairs at the corner of Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th St.  Mobility impaired people may enter via 111 Amsterdam Ave.

Recommended Reading/Viewing/Listening:
Part of the Leonard Bernstein 100th Birthday Series:
Bernstein Findings: Lenny on the Town- Nov. 13th
Bernstein Findings: Copland's Keys- Nov. 4th