“Just play it cool, boy… Real cool.”
As part of the world-wide celebration of the centenary of legendary composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian Leonard Bernstein (#BernsteinAt100), the Rio Theatre is pleased to present a celebratory, Sing-A-Long screening of his beautifully restored masterpiece WEST SIDE STORY on Sunday, September 16. Jets and Sharks of all ages are welcome in the balcony!
Buoyed by Robert Wise‘s dazzling direction, Bernstein‘s magnificent score, and Stephen Sondheim‘s lyrics, WEST SIDE STORY remains, perhaps, the most iconic of all of Shakespeare’s adaptations (‘Romeo and Juliet’) to visit the big screen, winning a whopping ten Oscars (including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno and Best Supporting Actor George Chakiris). The ageless, romantic tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen – and the two lovers who cross battle lines – has captivated electrified audiences for over four decades, and is best enjoyed on the big screen. With Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Russ Tamblyn.
Even better? This beautifully restored version includes lyrics on the screen – audiences are encouraged to “mambo!” and Sing-a-Long!
“WEST SIDE STORY is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations.” (Variety)
Sunday, September 16
Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm
*This movie screens with a very brief intermission.
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $15 door
*All ages welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
WEST SIDE STORY (Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, 1961 / 152 mins / PG) | A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang members falls in love with a rival’s sister.