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Leonard Bernstein wanted to write the Great American Opera. Instead, he wrote West Side Story, a musical Romeo and Juliet for the Atomic Age.

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West Side Story

Date: 8 Jul 2019

From the instant their eyes meet, Maria and Tony know they must be together.

But Old World prejudices and New World tensions stand in their way. Can their love survive?

Leonard Bernstein wanted to write the Great American Opera. Instead, he wrote West Side Story, a musical Romeo and Juliet for the Atomic Age. Set in a multi-ethnic, blue-collar New York City neighbourhood in the mid 1950s, where gangs tussle for control of the streets, West Side Story depicts a restless city in a time when all old ways of thinking are being swept away and when the very idea of America is up for grabs.

With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents and choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story is a landmark in 20th musical century theatre.

This production, directed by Joey McKneely, stars Todd Jacobsson as Tony, Sophie Silvestri as Maria and Chloe Zuel as Anita.

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