By Meredith Deliso
Practice your finger snaps — a “West Side Story” dance and sing-along is coming to Prospect Park.
On July 21, Celebrate Brooklyn screens the Academy Award-dominating 1961 musical.
This being a “Romeo and Juliet” for 1950s Manhattan, Romeo is an American gangster, Tony, his Juliet a Puerto Rican immigrant, Maria. Their balcony is a fire escape, the feuding families two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.
You can guess where it’s headed for our two doomed lovers, but not before some gorgeous and enduring melodies sung by the cast, including “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria,” “America,” and “Jet Song,” to name just a few. The lyrics will be featured on the screen so you can sing along, too, and pre-screening there will be a choreographer teaching the famous steps to the musical.
Indeed, one of the film’s most-memorable moments hardly has any dialogue at all — that famous finger-snapping prologue, that features some of the most graceful punks you’ll ever see.
But you better choose your allegiance in advance — Sharks enter at 11th Street, Jets at Ninth Street.
“West Side Story” dance and sing-along at Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park [Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683-5600], July 21 at 8 pm. Free. For info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.