This discussion came up on Twitter, and I thought it might be good to put it someplace where it won’t scroll away in a couple of hours.
Question: Everybody knows that West Side Story is basically a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Montagues and Capulets, Sharks and Jets. BUT! There are some pretty crucial differences. Juliet lives in WSS, for one. Discuss the differences, and how they alter your feelings toward the story. Is WSS an entirely new thing and they can do whatever they want? Or do they suffer for it, the farther they get from Shakespeare’s original?