Today in the History of West Side Story

Events in Music

  • 1957-09-26 Bernstein & Sondheim's musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC
  • 1959-06-27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • 1961-10-18 "West Side Story", the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Best Picture 1962)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1962-04-09 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
  • 1962-05-05 West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
  • 1980-02-14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • 1980-11-30 "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1914-09-10 Robert Wise, director (Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story)
  • 1918-07-14 Arthur Laurents, playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-08-25 Leonard Bernstein, Lawrence MA, conductor/composer (West Side Story)
  • 1918-10-11 Jerome Robbins, [Rabinowitz], NY, choreographer (Tony-West Side Story)
  • 1928-01-30 Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
  • 1930-03-22 Stephen Sondheim, lyricist (West Side Story, Company), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-12-11 Rita Moreno, [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Humacao, Puerto Rico, singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story)

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
  • 1933-01-23 Chita Rivera, actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-09-16 George Chakiris, Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story)
  • 1934-09-05 Carol Lawrence, Illinois, dancer/actress (West Side Story)
  • 1934-11-24 Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist (Annie, West Side Story)
  • 1939-02-21 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)

Deaths in Music

  • 1981-11-29 Natalie Wood, American actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • 1988-12-22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
  • 1991-06-06 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1997-11-15 Saul Chaplin, director (West Side Story), dies at 85