West Side Story, one of the greatest love stories of all time, opens at the Easton High School Auditorium October 26 through November 3. Directed by Richard A. Vitanovec, theatregoers will fall in love with West Side Story all over 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 lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical as one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950’s New York as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Just as Romeo and Juliet are born to rival families, Tony and Maria are associated with these two rival street gangs. Tony (Seth Wagner) is a “Jet”, a gang of “white” American teenagers led by his best friend, Riff (Ethan Scott). Maria (Sophie McGee) is sister to Bernardo (Noah Thompson) who happens to be the leader of the “Sharks”, a gang of first-generation Puerto Rican immigrants. The Jets challenge the Sharks to a rumble to resolve a territory dispute once and for all. While Bernardo is distracted by dancing with his girlfriend, Anita (Sarah Anthony), at the dance, Tony and Maria meet, and fall instantly in love, despite the tensions and hatred between their friends and families.
The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.
Performances are Friday, October 26 at 7 pm, Saturday October 27 at 7 pm, Sunday, October 28 at 2 pm, Friday, November 2 at 7 pm, and Saturday, November 3 at 7 pm.
Due to special arrangement with Music Theatre International, rights holder to this show, there is a limit to the number of tickets available. Tickets will ONLY be sold online, by phone, and if there are tickets remaining, at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. There will be a nominal processing fee for all tickets. Visit www.showtix4u.com or call 1-866-967-8167 to purchase tickets.
***This musical does contain topics dealing with racism and violence. Parents are cautioned about bringing small children to this show.