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West Side Story Scene 4

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Scene 4

Scene 4

Shall We Dance?

  • The dance is in full swing until Maria arrives.
  • The Jets and Sharks separate until the social worker (who bears a suspicious resemblance to Gomez Addams) breaks the tension with some announcements.
  • The attempt to bring peace on earth through dance slowly dissolves into a mambo battle where each group displays their moves.
  • Who knew? Apparently white guys can really dance. Of course, they had help from Jerome Robbins.
  • In the chaos, Tony and Maria see each other from across the room and lock eyes.
  • The music slows and the rest of the scene fades away like they're the only two people in the room.
  • Bernardo bursts in to separate them.
  • Maria's dragged off and Tony's left still in a daze.
  • Riff and Bernardo agree to a war council.

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