Based on Arthur Laurent's version of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story has been a legendary Broadway
classic for over 50 years. Watch the drama unfold onstage, as a gang war between the Jets and the Sharks gets more complicated
when Maria and Tony fall in love. Get ready for an enchanting night at the theater as West Side Story makes its way to Baltimore!
Side Story will be playing at the Hippodrome Theater at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on Apr. 26 and 27.
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One of Broadway's most timeless tales, the
charming musical West Side Story boasts delightful show tunes like "I Feel Pretty," "America," and "Somewhere." As the Puerto
Rican Sharks and the white juvenile delinquent Jets fight each other onstage, it's an in-depth look at what life in the streets
was like in the 1950s. Secure your tickets at StubHub before they're all gone!
The show was inspired
by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.
West Side Story boasts a book by Arthur Laurents,
music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
is set in the East 40s and West 50s of the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, in an ethnic, blue-collar
neighborhood. The musical centers on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic
backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American working-class group. The
young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, who is the leader of the Sharks.
The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems sparked a turning point in American
musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical features "Something's Coming," "Maria," "America," "Somewhere," "Tonight,"
"Jet Song," "I Feel Pretty," "A Boy Like That," "One Hand, One Heart," "Gee, Officer Krupke," and "Cool."
1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince,
marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony
Awards including Best Musical in 1957, but the award for Best Musical went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man. West Side
Story won a Tony Award for Robbins' choreography. The show had an even longer-running London production, along with a number
of revivals and international productions. The play spawned an innovative 1961 musical film of the same name, directed by
Robert Wise and Robbins, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and Russ Tamblyn. The film won
ten Academy Awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Picture.
After auditions in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia
began in August 1957, the original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 to upbeat
reviews. The production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and was produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold
Prince. Lighting was designed by Jean Rosenthal. The show starred Larry Kert as Tony, Carol Lawrence as Maria, Chita Rivera
as Anita, and David Winters as Baby John, the youngest of the gang members. Oliver Smith won the Tony for Best Scenic Designer.
Also nominated were Carol Lawrence, as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Max Goberman as Best Musical Director
and Conductor, and Irene Sharaff for Best Costume Design. Carol Lawrence garnered the 1958 Theatre World Award.
2005 through 2010, an international tour of the show took place—travelling across Tokyo, Paris, Austria, Switzerland,
Germany, Singapore, São Paulo, France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Rotterdam, and Madrid. The production boasted direction
and choreography by Joey McKneely, with production by BB Promotion.
Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival put on a
production of West Side Story in 1999, starring Tyley Ross as Tony and Ma-Anne Dionisio as Maria. That show took place again
in 2009, with Chilina Kennedy playing Maria and Paul Nolan playing Tony. Gary Griffin directed the production.
2011, a Lima production was produced by "Preludio Asociación Cultural," starring Marco Zunino as Tony, Rossana Fernández-Maldonado
as Maria, Jesús Neyra as Bernardo, Tati Alcántara as Anita, and Joaquín de Orbegoso as Riff.
2011, an Indonesia production was produced by Nino Theatre, featuring Manda Alaysia as Maria, Bimo Reisnanda as Bernardo,
Zara Fathy as Anita, and Ton Dorino as Riff.
In May 2012, a Belarusian production opened at the Belarus State Musical
Theatre. The show was directed by Anastasia Grinenko and choreographed by Paul Emerson and Dmitry Yakubovich.