Brows Held High analyzes West Side Story as Shakespeare adaptation


While I have often made fun of the dated elements of the 1961 adaptation of West Side Story, there’s no denying it is a classic with its superb choreography and music. And while it has become fashionable to (wrongly) interpret Romeo and Juliet as being about the just punishment of hormone-addled teenagers, it is my third favorite Shakespeare play.

One of my favorite web shows, Brows Held High, takes a look at West Side Story and how it adapts Romeo and Juliet, explaining that both of these stories are not about idiot teens but about dealing with prejudice, cyclic violence, and “overcoming hatred.” Take a look if you’re a fan of classic films and/or Shakespeare.

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