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West Side Story

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Closed April 8, 2012

Leonard Bernstein's majestic score, in particular, is undiminished, shifting fluidly between blasts of syncopated brass fueled by testosterone and rage, and some of the most achingly beautiful expressions of love ever sung.


Why See West Side Story?

West Side Story is on tour and hits the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA, Closed April 8, 2012

More than fifty years ago, a show about New York City changed musical theatre forever. Now, it's coming home to make history once again.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim -a collection of standards that includes 'Tonight,' 'America,' 'Maria,' 'I Feel Pretty' and 'Somewhere' - is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. And the extraordinary, Tony-winning choreography by Jerome Robbins completely changed the language of Broadway dance.

Don't miss this thrilling presentation of a matchless work of art!

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Opening night: 27 March 2012


West Side Story may be inappropriate for children aged 7 and under. Children under the age of five are not permitted into the theater

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Kyle Harris as Tony
Ali Ewoldt as Maria
Michelle Araven as Anita
Joseph J.Simeoni as Riff
German Santiago as Bernardo
Mike Boland as Krupke
Ryan Christophet Chotto as A-rab
Jay Garcia as Chino
Grant Gustin as Baby Jon


Director - Arthur Laurents
Choreography - Jerome Robbins
Reproduction Choreography - Joey McKneely
Music Direction - Patrick Vaccariello
Scenic Design - James Youmans
Costume Design - David C Woolard
Lighting Design - Howell Binkley
Sound Design - Dan Moses Schreier
Hair Design - Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Associate Director - David Saint
Associate Choreographer - Lori Werner
Music - Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics - Stephen Sondheim
Book & Direction - Arthur Laurents

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