Why See West Side Story?
The musical that changed Broadway forever
New for 2017, the show about New York City that first premiered in 1957 marked a sea change in musical theater, as well as the debut of Broadway iconic lyricist Stephen Sondheim comes to La Mirada. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story has established itself as one of the world's most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. With music by both Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim, prepare to enjoy famous numbers such as 'Tonight,' 'America,' 'Maria,' 'I Feel Pretty' and 'Somewhere'. Jerome Robbins' Tony-winning choreography also completely changed the language of Broadway dance, challenging performers to put their all into it.
Set in the upper-west-side neighbourhood of New York City in the mid 1950s, West Side Story tells the tale of the rivalry which exists between two youth gangs: The Jets and the Sharks. Originating from differing ethnic backgrounds, a bitter resentment of one another exists, so when Tony, of the Jets, falls in love with Maria of the Sharks, they are well aware of the illicit nature of their affection. So strong are their feelings however that they defy territorial obligations and choose to weather the consequences?
Opening night: 21 April 2017
Suitable for ages 10+
Two hours and 40 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
Cast and Creative
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Choreographed by Dana Solimando
Directed by Richard Israel
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