About West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical that has captivated audiences since its Broadway debut in 1957. Written by Arthur Laurents, it is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Leonard Bernstein wrote the music, Stephen Sondheim contributed the lyrics and Jerome Robbins choreographed the dances. It follows the story of two rival gangs living in New York City’s Upper West Side at the turn of the century and their battle for survival. West Side Story has won 3 Tony Awards for Best Musical as well as 8 additional awards for its various productions around the world. Its first Broadway production ran for 732 performances until 1959, during which time it also began touring nationally in 1958 before opening an American National Tour in 1960. Since then, there have been numerous revivals and adaptations performed on stage, film, and television all over the world—from London to Tokyo to Sydney—as well as regional theater productions throughout America. The cast included a mix of established actors (Carol Lawrence and Chita Rivera) alongside rising stars (Larry Kert and Rita Moreno). 

The West Side Story musical was hugely ambitious with large dance sequences featuring classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance techniques; 100 costumes hand-crafted by Motley Theatre Design Group; 6 sets designed by Raoul Pene du Bois; a 45-piece orchestra under conductor Harold Hastings; and actors handling more than 1,100 props backstage—all coordinated to create this iconic show. It was extremely successful due to its combination of creative elements: groundbreaking choreography, poignant lyrics, and authentic characterizations that resonated with contemporary audiences exploring themes such as love, violence, prejudice, injustice, and mortality that continue to reverberate nearly 60 years later. West Side Story play stands out from other musicals not only because of its strong artistic vision but also due to its commercial success: record sales topping 10 million worldwide since its release in 1961, making it one of the most celebrated musicals ever produced.

The enduring appeal of "West Side Story" can be attributed to Robbins' captivating choreography in 2024, which ignites the show with a scene set on the vibrant streets of Gotham. Moreover, the exuberant and infectious musical composition by Bernstein, combined with Sondheim's inspiring lyrics, serves to heighten the overall experience. Lants' book skillfully intertwines an intelligent script, paying tribute to the fundamental aspects of Shakespeare's tragic narrative, all the while seamlessly transplanting it to the gritty streets of the New World in the 20th century. Ruggiero's rendition captivates with two brilliant casting choices for the lead roles: Kanisha Feliciano as Maria and Christian Douglas as Tony. Their performances bring depth and nuance to the characters, adding an extra layer of brilliance to the production. Each member possesses a sublime singing voice, with Feliciano's resplendent soprano standing out, lending tremendous influence to mesmerizing performances of "Maria," "Tonight," and "One Hand, One Heart."

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