Set in 1950s New York, West Side Story is a Romeo and Juliet-inspired lovestory of two young people torn apart by rivalling gangs in one of the city’s rough West Side neighbourhoods. First performed on Broadway in 1957, the musical’s iconic songs, classic story and modern settings have captivated the world, including theatre director Trine Holm Thomsen, for decades:“West Side Story is my favourite musical and I’ve always dreamt of staging it at Aarhus Teater. It’s one of the most beautiful musicals of all time, with an almost mythical Romeo and Juliet love story and the most wonderful music, including classics such as Somewhere, America and Maria,” she says.