A secondary character
in a highly successful musical known as West Side Story
. The script describes him as an explosive little ferret who enjoys everything and understands the seriousness of nothing
. He is a rank and file
member of the Jets
gang. In the Prologue
of the show, he gets jumped by the main force of the Sharks
, getting his ear pierced by Puerto Rican
In the second act, after the death of Jet leader Riff, A-rab's personality does a complete 180. He mellows significantly, and has a very powerful scene with fellow Jet Baby John that impressively portrays the two Jets as frightened children.
From a subjective viewpoint, A-rab is one of the more powerful characters in West Side Story. Although not a principal, he is an exciting and dynamic quasi-protagonist.