THE SCREENING ROOM: West Side Story Performances, Scenes and Spoofs

By Playbill Staff
February 23, 2014

The United Palace Theatre hosts a screening of the film musical "West Side Story" Feb. 23, presented by Lin-Manuel Miranda and featuring a conversation with the film's Anita, Academy Award winner Rita Moreno.



West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, opened on Broadway in 1957 and received six Tony nominations, winning Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design. It has been revived in 1964, 1980 and 2009. 

The 1961 film adaptation, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, received ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Music.

Click through to see a collection of performances from the stage and screen, as well as some West Side Story-inspired spoofs.

Cher in a One-Woman West Side Story

Cher performs a one-woman performance of West Side Story.

The Original Movie Trailer

The original trailer for the film adaptation of the musical.

Web Site Story, by College Humor

College Humor presents a spoof of West Side Story. 

"America"

Academy Award winner Rita Moreno and company perform "America."

The 2009 Tony Awards

The cast of the Tony-nominated revival performs at the 2009 Tony Awards.

"Scrubs" Spoof

Zach Braff and fellow "Scrubs" castmates spoof the gang rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks. 

"I Feel Pretty"

Natalie Wood performs "I Feel Pretty" in the film. 

John Leguizamo in "House of Buggin'"

Tony winner John Leguizamo shows off his dancing skills in this skit. 

Will Ferrell Sings West Side Story

Wll Ferrell performs a song from West Side Story, but has trouble remembering the lyrics. 

"Glee" Performs "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love"

Naya Rivera and Lea Michele perform "A Boy Like That" and "I Have a Love."

"Flight of the Conchords"

Cast members of "Flight of the Conchords" urge each other to "stay cool." 

"America"

Tony winner Karen Olivo and company perform "America."