West Side Story the award winning Broadway play has returned for a run at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. The musical which premiered on Broadway in 1957 and enjoyed several revivals features the legendary talents of Leonard Bernstein (music), Jerome Robbins (choreography), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and book by Arthur Laurents. West Side Story would be made into a movie in 1961 and would earn 10 Academy Awards.
The story is inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where two star crossed lovers meet and fall in love in the backdrop of ethnic street gang conflicts of 1950s New York City. The teen age street gangs represented by the Sharks (Puerto Rican) and the Jets (caucasian) clash in a neighborhood turf war and set the backdrop for the love story of Tony (Jets) and Maria (Sharks). West Side Story was considered ground breaking for its realistic and contemporary story and setting as well as its choreography. The musical would feature the most dancing in any Broadway production at the time. The score contains the memorable classics,”America” , “Maria”, “Tonight”, ” I feel Pretty” and “Gee, Officer Krupke”
West Side Story returns to Westchester having last been staged here in 1998. It was directed by Barry McNabb who returns to direct and choreograph this performance. The current show stars Carly Evans as Maria, and Zach Trimmer as Tony ( who appeared this winter at the theater in South Pacific). The performances of both lead actors was fantastic and Carly Evans portrayal of Maria was memorable as were her soaring vocal performance.
The rest of the talented cast provides non stop entertainment throughout the two acts. All the actors are members of Actors Equity and are professionals with credentials ranging from roles on Broadway, London, Regional theatre and National Tours. Dinner is part of your evening at the theatre and is served before the performance. The theatre is intimate and wraps around three sides of the stage so every seat provides a great view.
West Side Story will run at the Westchester Broadway Theatre through July 5th 2015. Don’t miss it!.
Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza Elmsford, NY
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