Sharks and Jets rumble nightly this summer on the Guthrie Theater stage in Minneapolis, pausing only to light 100 birthday candles for Leonard Bernstein, the composer of West Side Story.
Tony and Maria remain lovestruck, as always. Their story proves that the themes of gang rivalry, prejudice, fear toward the "other," and transcendent love remain as timeless as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the play that inspired West Side Story.
The actors playing Tony and Maria, Marc Koeck and Mia Pinero, stopped by Classical MPR to explore those themes, and to sing their hearts out with three songs from West Side Story or in this case, Midwest Side Story, because it turns out that these two stars hail from North Dakota and Wisconsin. In fact, we discovered that Mia just might be the first Maria in history to hold a snowmobile license!