Even though some Broadway musicals have set West Side Story in contemporary times, Steven Spielberg’s version is set in the sixties like the original movie directed by Robert Wise.

Award-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, wrote the script for Spielberg’s 2021 remake. He enlarged Chino’s role and added more scenes featuring the Sharks, giving the rival gangs an equal number of scenes.

The lovers, like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, are members of two rival groups. Will love rise about the bickering, fighting, name-calling, and racism?