‘In the Heights’ is an award-winning hit. Its predecessor, ‘West Side Story,’ shocked audiences.

But “West Side Story,” a direct predecessor to “In the Heights” for its related give attention to Latinos in New York, was greeted a lot much less warmly when it started its personal Broadway run in 1957. Audiences and critics alike had been discomfited by the violence and juvenile delinquency portrayed in that musical, an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” that trades rival households for warring avenue gangs — one Puerto Rican and one other White. (A brand new film model of “West Side Story” directed by Steven Spielberg is set to be launched in December.)

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