West Side Story School Edition

West Side Story School Edition
Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in a high school adaptation of one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. With additional resources for students and directors, West Side Story School Edition makes the iconic musical more accessible and meaningful for high school performers.

Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever; the score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are still widely regarded as among the best ever written; and Jerome Robbins’ choreography endures as one of the most innovative and inventive applications of the medium.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York City as two young, idealistic lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Free Read: Director's Guide Libretto

You can also listen to the full song clips on the right hand side of this page.

Available with the School Edition

Re-creating Robbins' choreography and playing Bernstein's score has been a consistent challenge for high school performers and directors trying to mount the show. West Side Story School Edition helps remove these obstacles by providing an official Choreography Manual and videos featuring easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for all of the show's iconic dance numbers. The educationally-appropriate videos highlight students from all over the world under the supervision of Jerome Robbins expert Julio Monge.

Guide Vocal Tracks sung by student performers are included as digital downloadable files with your license, while Performance Accompaniment Tracks playable through the MTI Player app are available as an additional resource for schools without access to an orchestra.

The Director's Guide includes suggestions and solutions for sets, props, costumes, staging and more. In addition, the Enhanced Study Guide provides in-depth analysis of the show's themes, major moments and historical context.

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark adaptation of the Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.

Concert Selections for West Side Story

MTI is pleased to provide the pre-approved rental materials of select songs for your symphonic concert performance. Please note, MTI is unable to grant the necessary Performance Rights with this material rental. The Performance Rights needed must be obtained separately through the individual song’s respective small rights agency such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Please email concerts@mtishows.com with any questions.

  • "I LOVE YOU" SONG
    From
    25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    William Finn
    Lyrics by
    William Finn
    Instrumentation
    4 Piano-Conductor Scores, Reed (Oboe, Alto Sax), Synthesizer, Percussion, Cello
  • 9 TO 5
    From
    9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • A MUSICAL
    From
    SOMETHING ROTTEN!
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Lyrics by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Hochman
    Arranged by
    Glen Kelly
  • A PLACE CALLED HOME
    From
    CHRISTMAS CAROL, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    ALAN MENKEN
    Lyrics by
    LYNN AHRENS
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 1 Drum, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 1 Keyboard1,1 keyboard2, 6 Piano Conductor Scores, 2 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3,1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3
  • ABBONDANZA
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    3 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    7 min 25 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn 1&2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Vocal Score, 3 Chorus books
  • ACID QUEEN
    From
    TOMMY, THE WHO'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ACT 2 FINALE - PART 4 ("INTO THE WOODS")
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    3 min 50 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    JONATHAN TUNICK
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 2 Horns, 1 Piano, 1 Reed 1 (Flute, Piccolo), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet)1 Reed 3 (Bassoon), 1 Synthesizer, 1 Trumpet in C, 1 Bb Trumpet (opt), 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 3 Percussion, 1 Piano, 2 Piano Conductor Scores, 1 Full Score, 25 Chorus Books
  • ADELAIDE'S LAMENT
    From
    GUYS & DOLLS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Gb
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    GEORGE BASSMAN & TED ROYAL
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 9 Violin AC, 8 Violin BD, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor
  • ADVENTURES OF A ZOO
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Type
    SYMPHONIC COMPOSITION (WITH NARRATION)
    Arranged for
    NARRATOR
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    23 min 20 sec
    Music by
    KLEINSINGER, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    TRIPP, PAUL
    Instrumentation
    1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3, 1 Clarinet 2(in B), 2 Bassoon 1&2, 1 Clarinet 1(in Bb), 1 Tuba, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Horn 1(in F), 1 Horn 2(in F), 1 Horn 3(in F), 1 Horn 4(in F), 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Narrator, 1 Fullscore
  • AGONY
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 MALES VOICES
    Starting Key
    E
    Estimated duration
    3 min 39 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Synth, 1 Piano, 2 Piano Conductor, 1 Conductor Score, 2 Chorus books
  • AGONY (REPRISE)
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AH, MISS
    From
    SWEENEY TODD
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Celli, 1 Organ, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 4 Piano Conductor Scores, 3 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 2 Trumpets, 7 Viola, 17 Violin
  • AH, SWEET MYSTERY / FALLING IN LOVE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    7 min 10 sec
    Music by
    TESORI, JEANINE
    Lyrics by
    SCANLAN, DICK
    Orchestrated by
    RALPH BURNS & DOUG BESTERMAN
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 1 Drums, 1 Guitar, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 2 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Reed 1 (Flute), 1 Reed 2 (Clarinet & Flute), 1 Reed 3 (Clarinet), 1 Reed 4 (Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone), 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 17 Violin, 3 Piano Vocal, 1 Full Score
  • AIN'T IT GOOD
    From
    CHILDREN OF EDEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Am
    Estimated duration
    6 min 53 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass, 2 Guitars, 1 Drums, 2 Percussion, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 20 Piano-Conductor Score, 1 Full Score
  • ALDOLPHO
    From
    DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Lisa Lambert
    Greg Morrison
    Lyrics by
    Lisa Lambert
    Greg Morrison
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Blank
    Instrumentation
    Reed 1 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed 2 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed 3 (Piccolo, Clarinet, Tenor Sax), Reed 4 (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax), 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, Drums, Percussion, Bass. Your rental set will also include 3 Piano-Conductor Scores.
  • ALL THE WASTED TIME
    From
    PARADE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (WITH VOCAL)
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    7 min 21 sec
    Music by
    JASON ROBERT BROWN
    Lyrics by
    JASON ROBERT BROWN
    Orchestrated by
    DON SEBESKY & JASON ROBERT BROWN
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute/Piccolo, 2 Oboe, 2 Bb Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 4 Horn, 2 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 2 Percussion, 1 Timpani, 1 Guitar, 1 Piano, (8) Violin I,(8) Violin II, (7) Viola, (6) Cello, (5) Bass. Your materials will also include 1 Full Score.
  • ALWAYS STARTING OVER
    From
    IF/THEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ANATEVKA
    From
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Fm
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    BOCK, JERRY
    Lyrics by
    HARNICK, SHELDON
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Accordian, 1 Guitar, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • AND THIS IS MY BELOVED
    From
    KISMET
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 3 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    7 min 23 sec
    Music by
    WRIGHT, ROBERT
    FORREST, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    WRIGHT, ROBERT
    FORREST, GEORGE
    Orchestrated by
    KAY, ARTHUR
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Tuba, 1 Vibes, 9 Violin AC, 8 Violin BD, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Piano Conductor, 4 Chorus books
  • ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE
    From
    COMPANY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE (Plus optional Vocal Minority, 4 females)
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    3 min 58 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    Reed 1 (Piccolo), Reed 2 (Flute), Reed 3 (Flute), Reed 4 (Oboe), Reed 5 (Clarinet), 2 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Percussion, Guitar (Electric), Piano, (16) Violins, (6) Cello, Bass, Vocal Minority (optional). You rental set will also include 2 Piano-Conductor Scores and 1 Full Score.
  • ANOTHER NIGHT
    First Performance Fee:
    $0
    Each Additional Performance:
    $0
  • ANY MOMENT
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Full Score, 5 Bass, 6 Celli, 2 Horns, 4 Piano Conductor Scores, 1 Piano3 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Synthesizer, 7 Viola, 17 Violin
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min 38 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Cello A, 2 Cello B, 2 Cello C, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Timp, Triangle), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor
  • ANYWHERE I WANDER
    From
    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (WITH VOCAL)
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Frank Loesser
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (F#)
    From
    OLIVER!, LIONEL BART'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (F)
    From
    OLIVER!, LIONEL BART'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (G)
    From
    OLIVER!, LIONEL BART'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AS WE STUMBLE ALONG
    From
    DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ASCOT GAVOTTE
    From
    MY FAIR LADY, LERNER AND LOEWE'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ASSASSINS SUITE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Estimated duration
    0 sec

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Questions & Answers

April 28, 2022
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Performance Conditions

I note that the full version of West Side Story is currently restricted in Australia. Do the same restrictions apply to the school version? Also, the school version of Les Miserables stipulates that it can only be performed on school grounds. Does this stipulation also apply to the school version of West Side Story?

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March 27, 2021
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Are you required to do Jerome Robbins original choreography? (Or what is in the choreo videos) Is our choreographer allowed to completely re-choreograph numbers?
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August 29, 2018
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West Side Story School Edition

I am wondering if any of the differences in the school edition might affect the orchestration/difficulty of the score, versus the regular edition. 

Can you speak to the score being any less difficult for high school students in the school edition?

Thank you. 

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