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West Side Story review

The most edgy musical out there comes back for a cinematic re-release

Jimmy Bryant and Marni Nixon are the unsung heroes of this 1961 favourite; it’s their voices that emerge from Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood’s mouths whenever they warble Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s timeless tunes.

They were in good company: Shakespeare went equally uncredited for the plot to this Romeo And Juliet tale, set in a New York where gang tensions boil over in dance battles and knife scraps.

Thrillingly shot, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s volatile collaboration won 10 Oscars, more than any musical before or since. Not seen it? Time you did.

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