West Side Story Revival - A Must See For Theater Lovers

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Palace Theater

1564 Broadway

2 hours 40 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

March 19, 2009 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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The tickets for West Side Story revival are being sold out. The musical is a favorite amongst theatre lovers. It was a hit when it made its first Broadway appearance in 1957. It gave 732 performances, before it went on a tour. It even received a Tony Award nomination for the Best Musical in 1957. It did win the 1957 Tony Award for the best choreography (Robbins).

The musical has been a great international success story. It had a very long run in London production. The musical was such a hit that, a film version was finally made in 1961. Natalie Woods played the lead role of Maria. And Richard Beymer played the role of Tony. Rita Moreno, who is well known for her role as Tuptim in The King and I (1956), essayed the role of Anita.

The film went on to win 10 Academy Awards, including that for Best Direction and Best Choreography.

Adaptation Of Romeo And Juliet

West Side Story is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet. The idea for West Side Story revival first came to Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. They wanted to make a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. They wanted it to be a love story of a Jewish boy and an Italian Catholic girl. They called it the East Side Story.

However, the project was shelved for six years. And when they came back to the project the idea of a romance between a Jewish boy and an Italian Catholic girl no longer seemed socially relevant. Instead, they came up with an idea of star crossed romance, between a native born Polish boy and newly arrived Puerto Rican girl. The book was written by Arthur Laurents.

The Story

West Side Story is set against the backdrop of gang wars in the streets of New York in 1950. The musical is a love story of Tony and Maria. Tony belongs to the American Jets gang, while Maria is the sister of the leader of rival gang - Sharks.

The West Side Story revival tells this beautiful ill-fated love story through its music and dance. Leonard Bernstein’s music has enchanted audiences for decades. Through the songs and dance movements you get to feel what the characters are feeling. For example, in the song and dance sequence, “Somewhere” we get to feel, how Maria and Tony feel when they escape from their grim reality to a world of their dreams.

The West Side Story revival marked a turning point in American theater. The musical’s extended dance sequences, sophisticated music, dark theme and focus on social problems were all new to the American theater. This timeless musical, has managed to enchant theater lovers for decades, mainly because it has such a great story, music and choreography.

The tickets for West Side Story revival are available now. You can buy tickets online through an authorized ticket broker. In order to ensure that you get genuine Broadway tickets, you need to make sure that you buy from an authorized dealer only. This way you will also ensure that you get the best rates. When you buy online from an authorized dealer, you might pay a little extra. However, you get the best selection of tickets and you get to buy from the comforts of your home.

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