Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a white working-class group. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

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Naked
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This Book refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
David tells the story of the trip he and Lisa, his sister, took to Greece one summer. David was surprised at his sister's transformation at the airport, noting that her voice now sounded as if she were auditioning for a touring company of 'West Side Story'. (p. 88)

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West Side Story

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This Movie is based on West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
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The Simpsons:
Season:  11  / Episode:  3 
Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
The song Homer sings upon being given the food critic job is set to the tune of "I Feel Pretty" from the musical West Side Story.

The Newsroom:
Season:  1  / Episode:  4 
I'll Try to Fix You

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
Will meets Nina Howard, a gossip columnist, at the ACN New Year's Eve party. Nina asks Will if the daytime crew and the nighttime crew at ACN get along. Will says when they get together, it's like the "Jets and the Sharks".

Family Guy:
Season:  10  / Episode:  16 
Killer Queen

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
Peter plays Anita in the fat camp's version of West Side Story.

Shameless:
Season:  3  / Episode:  11 
Order Room Service

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
When the homeless man tells Frank that, "This is my turf." Frank responds with, "What is this, West Side Story?"

Entourage:
Season:  7  / Episode:  4 
Tequila Sunrise

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
Drama tells John Stamos that he was the understudy for Chino in 'West Side Story' when he was 14 years old.

Glee:
Season:  3  / Episode:  5 
The First Time

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
The Glee club is preparing for a performance of 'West Side Story' and sings several songs from the musical and movie in this episode.

Mad Men:
Season:  2  / Episode:  7 
The Gold Violin

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
Harry brags about having a meeting with Mr. Cooper. He tells the guys that Mr. Cooper asked to meet with him and only him. Kinsey teases Harry by asking "Isn't that from West Side Story?".

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  1  / Episode:  6 
WAC Pack

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
Nicky tells Morello that her (Morello's) entire world view is based on 'West Side Story'.

Silicon Valley:
Season:  2  / Episode:  8 
White Hat/Black Hat

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
In a deleted scene, Jared makes reference to the standoff in Intersite's parking lot being like a gang fight between the Jets and the Sharks.

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L.L.Bean Commercial - L.L.Bean: The Showdown

This Television Commercial refers to West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; written
The two "gangs" clad in flannel in this L.L. Bean commercial refer to the musical 'West Side Story'.
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King of the Hill:
Season:  1  / Episode:  7 
Westie Side Story


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