Manhattan, Upper West Side, 1957. Against the backdrop of the decaying tenements in the San Juan Hill neighbourhood and the constant threat of the wrecking ball, two warring gangs–tough Riff’s Jets and swaggering Bernardo’s Puerto Rican Sharks–fight for supremacy. Now, with a once-and-for-all, winner-takes-all rumble on the cards, an unexpected whirlwind romance at the high-school dance between former Jet brawler Tony and Bernardo’s delicate little sister María sets the stage for an all-out turf war. But what’s a gang without its territory? Above all, when the future is uncertain, what’s hope without love?—Nick Riganas
The songs “One Hand, One Heart” and “A Boy Like That/I Have a Love” were performed live on set by Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler & Ariana DeBose and Zegler respectively. Sections of “Maria” were also sung live on set by Elgort, as per his request. All other songs were filmed to the more traditional playback technique. “Somewhere” was also sung live on set by Rita Moreno.