The beginning starts as both gangs gather at a localdance. It was chanted or spoken in unison by a stage full of monks.
In Romeo and Juliet, one character who is partly responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Tybalt. Juliet-their daughter5.
Although West Side Story is a direct rendition of Shakespeare's original play, many of the themes and symbols are altered to fit the modern perspective.
Both scenes contain the same feeling of true love, trust, and commitment. By already knowing from Maria is basically a normal girl who is in love. Hate is another universal truth that has a strong influence in both of these plots.
Tony is the modern character of Romeo and Maria is the modern character of Juliet.
In Westside Story, Tony and Maria also meet at a party, in their case a dance. First off, the actual rivalry is between opposing gangs, not families.
Something that makes Juliet different from Maria is that Juliet dies and Maria lives.