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", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards 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, American playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-08-25 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 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, American lyricist (West Side Story, Company), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1990-10-14 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 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