See ‘West Side Story’ Movie at a Discount

Department of Music Celebrates Bernstein Centennial

The Department of Music is bringing the Oscar-winning West Side Story to campus and inviting staff, faculty and students to attend the screening at discounted prices.


WHAT: West Side Story (1961 movie)

WHEN: 7-9:35 p.m. Friday, March 2

WHERE: Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

WHY: In celebration of the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein's birth

The movie, derived from the Broadway play, which was based on Romeo and Juliet, tells the love story of Tony and Maria amid two warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in New York City in the mid-1950s.

The screening celebrates the centennial year of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the West Side Story music. The legendary composer died in 1990.

Bernstein’s score with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim first accompanied West Side Story on Broadway, opening in 1957. The film version, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, won 10 Academy Awards, including best picture and director — actually two directors, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the latter who also won a special award for his choreography. He had earlier won a Tony Award for choreographing the dance and fight scenes for the stage.

The Bernstein centennial screening is scheduled from 7 to 9:35 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Recital Hall of the Ann E. Pitzer Center.

Tickets are available via the Mondavi Center’s online box office (for the staff-faculty-student discount, enter promo code FAMILY50 in the upper right-hand corner of the form, and click submit, before ordering your tickets).

Or visit or call the Mondavi Center box office:

  • Hours — noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and one hour before all ticketed events
  • Telephone — 530-754-2787 or 866-754-2787

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