West Side Story: Edinburgh TicketsNow Closed
What's it all about?
If you have even a casual interest in musicals, you'll know - and probably love - West Side Story's songs, which include the hectic, intense America and exquisitely poignant Somewhere, as well as Maria, Tonight and I Feel Pretty. If you've yet to discover these jewels, there's no better way to do so than through this exhilarating production.
With groundbreaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in 1957 the show changed the face of musical theatre forever.
It opened a window through which the age of purely escapist musicals swiftly exited, and drama, social commentary, modernism and a high degree of compositional sophistication charged in. This ravishing version proves that the show is still as powerful, thrilling and affecting today as it was when it was new.
Now Joey McKneely’s vibrant stage production of the classic dance musical returns to the UK after international sell-out success.
What's the story?
West Side Story ingeniously recasts Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet against a setting of New York street gang rivalry in the 'juvenile delinquent' era of the mid-1950s.
In place of Shakespeare's warring families the Montagus and Capulets are at-odds gangs the white Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks, whose mutual hatred has grown so volatile that it threatens to detonate at any moment.
Riff is the leader of the Jets. His best friend, ex-Jet Tony, meets Sharks leader Bernardo's younger sister Maria at a dance and they fall deeply in love.
Maria and Tony meet in secret and plan to run away. But the Sharks and the Jets stage a rumble under the highway, with the winning gang gaining control of the streets. In a desperate attempt to end the violence Maria sends Tony to break up the meeting, but everything goes terribly wrong...
Who's in it?
Leading the cast are Katie Hall as Maria and Louis Maskell as her star-crossed lover Tony.
Katie most recently played Christine in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, and Cosette in Les Misérables at the West End's Queen’s Theatre. Louis has previously appeared in the national tour of Scrooge -The Musical.
Djalenga Scott brings her energy and experience from Chicago, Flashdance and The Rocky Horror Show to the pivotal role of Anita.
Jack Wilcox takes on the role of ill-fated Riff, Tony’s best friend and co-founder of the Jets. Jack was most recently in Singin’ in the Rain at the West End’s Palace Theatre and has also appeared in Wicked.
These bright, dynamic players are directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely using Jerome Robbins' original choreography. Joey has worked extensively on Broadway and was formerly Robbins' assistant. He brings with him the true essence of the original production.
Who is West Side Story: Edinburgh suitable for?
One of West Side story's enduring strengths is that its drama is as credible and involving as its music and choregraphy are vivacious and stimulating. In that respect, it's a great choice of musical for people who think they don't like musicals - as well as those who are quite sure they do.
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