Contrast of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story
Essay submitted by Bob Garrard
Three Hundred Fifty Years of Blind Love: A Contraposition of Shakespeare and
Robbins’ Romeo and Juliet
Andy Warhol once said, "They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them
yourself." Two hundred fifty years passed between the original Romeo and Juliet and the premiere
of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. However, time did not change the
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slightly differing representations of the
most famous love story of all time. Shakespeare presents an entertaining, witty and sometimes
sexually provocative portrayal of Arthur Brooke’s tale. Robbins’ presentation of the celebrated
classic paints the awful truths of racism and irrational violence through dance, song, and music.
Romeo and Juliet’s blind love is the force that unites two enemies, just as the eternal human spirit
brings all people of the Earth united as one.