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Original West Side Story Playbill
West Side Story Playbill 2.jpg


West Side Story (original 1957 Broadway production)




Compels people to perform songs from musicals.


Externalizes negative traits and beliefs for adolescents.



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West Side Story is a musical inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s and explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs.The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang's leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 to positive reviews, and ran for 732 performances before going on tour.


Readers of the playbill will be compelled to perform a number from a musical, most commonly those of Broadway fame and which relate to the affected individual(s) in some way, complete with choreography; this is accompanied by the appropriate music filling the vicinity, which is audible to others even if they have not been affected.

Teenagers within the closest neighboring city or district will begin acting out upon any pent up, negative emotions. All anxiety, hatred and confusion about what their lives are supposed to be as they mature causes them to instead act more immature. Common cases include group fights, unprovoked taunts, random one night-stands and meaninglessly confronting authorities. Every instance is based upon pre-existing troubles. The need for independence causing them to flee at the first sign of responsibility. Messy divorces causing conflict about who they love and hate.

Some have little reaction only when provoked, others will be constantly annoyed (and -ing). Normally one person remains neutral to the effects, someone with a good heart stronger than their insecurities. Break their spirit and everyone else is lifted from their spell. With many difficult conversations after.


Garrett Scott used this artifact on Pete Lattimer , Myka Bering , and Abigail Chow  to "turn them into stars", making them perform "This World Will Remember Us " from Bonnie & Clyde and "42nd Street " from 42nd Street respectively (despite having been told by Artie Nielsen that he is explicitly banned from the Broadway section many times).