Choreographer Jerome Robbins kept the cast members who played the Jets and Sharks
separate to heighten the tension between the gangs during the show.
READY TO RUMBLE Jets and Sharks
square up WEARING WELL Russ Tamblyn as he is today and, right, as Riff, teenage leader of The Jets RUGGED George as Sharks leader Bernardo WILD Rita as Bernardo's girlfriend Anita REUNION George& Rita
But the bitter and heartfelt battles between the rival gangs of the Jets and Sharks
in the 1950s still have a resonance in today's urban life in the fight against gun and knife crime.
The young cast were red hot as the Jets and Sharks
bared their teeth and love blossomed, Romeo and Juliet style.
Well-choreographed scenes between the opposing Jets and Sharks
created tension and hostility.