Game Changers: The Broadway Musicals That Shaped the Art Form

By Ben Rimalower
29 Mar 2014

West Side Story (1957)

The innovation of West Side Story was its use of dance in the new form of musical play. Where Oklahoma! had its set piece, the "Dream Ballet," the choreography in West Side Story was part and parcel of the entire production. Indeed, there was no separate dancing chorus in West Side Story; the lead actors were required to act, sing and dance.