West Side Story

WSS

date
22 November – 29 December 2013
Venue: Opera Theatre
Time: 2.30pm (Sat), 3pm (Sun) & 7.30pm
Ticket Price: R100.00, R120.00, R150.00

 

The Playhouse Company, by arrangement with DALRO, presents West Side Story.

Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS
Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS
Originally Produced on the Broadway stage by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950′s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighbourhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for Lincoln Center, changing the neighbourhood’s character.)  The musical explores 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, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

Featuring live accompaniment by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, this international production features Ralph Lawson as director, set & costumes by Sarah Roberts and choreography by Christopher Kindo .

Director: Ralph Lawson
Choreographer: Christopher Kindo
Costume Designer: Sarah Roberts
Lighting Designer: Michael Broderick

For block bookings contact: salescoordinator@playhousecompany.com or call 031 369 9456

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