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WEST SIDE STORY

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE

FIVE WEEKS ONLY • NOV. 30 – JAN. 2

Broadway/L.A. and the Producers of the national tour of the current smash hit Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY are proud to announce that, due to popular demand, the show has extended its Los Angeles engagement by two weeks. WEST SIDE STORY will begin performances at the Pantages Theatre on November 30, 2010, and will now play a strictly-limited five-week holiday season engagement through January 2, 2011.

Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS(2787).  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster ticket outlets.  The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am.

The new Broadway cast recording of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album on January 31, 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

 

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, WEST SIDE STORY is set in 1950’s New York City.  It follows the doomed love story of two star-crossed lovers from rival gangs – the Jets (a working-class white gang) and the Sharks (first-generation Puerto Ricans). Tony, a member of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

WEST SIDE STORY has often been credited with changing the course of American musical theatre.  Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, WEST SIDE STORY opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 and garnered passionate reactions from critics and audiences alike.

Applauding the creators’ innovation in dance and musical style, TIME Magazine exclaimed “Robbins’ energetic choreography and Bernstein’s grand score accentuate the satiric, hard-edged lyrics of Sondheim and Laurents’ capture of the angry voice of urban youth.”  New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson described the show as “profoundly moving; an incandescent piece of work where theatre people, engrossed in an original project, are all in top form.”  The original Broadway production won six 1958 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Choreography.  The show ran 732 performances, closing on June 27, 1959.

The motion picture version, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, was released in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as Maria and Tony, and featured Rita Moreno, recreating the role of Anita, which she had originated in the Broadway production.  The film was widely praised by critics, and it won a staggering 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of its eleven nominated categories, as well as a special award for Robbins.  The film’s soundtrack grossed more than any other album before it.

WEST SIDE STORY is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut.

The Pantages Theatre is located in Hollywood at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard at Vine Street.

 

The Pantages Theatre engagement of WEST SIDE STORY will feature two performance schedules.  From November 30 – December 19, performances will be Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  The performance schedule for holiday weeks, December 21-January 2, will be Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm, Thursday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Regular tickets for WEST SIDE STORY range in price from $25 – $90, with tickets for the November 30th preview ranging from $20-$85.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

 

WEST SIDE STORY is presented locally by Broadway/L.A. as the first show of its 2010-2011 Season.

For more information, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website: www.BroadwayLA.org.

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR

 

Dates:          November 30, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Preview:  Tuesday November 30th at 8pm
Opening Night:  Wednesday December 1st at 8pm

Theatre:       PANTAGES THEATRE
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Schedule:     November 30 – December 19
Tuesday – Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

December 21 – January 2 (Holiday Schedule)
Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm
Thursday 2pm & 8pm
Friday 2pm
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 1pm & 6:30pm

Price Range:     Previews:  $20 – $85
Regular:  $25 – $90

Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

Description:   More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever, soaring among the greatest love stories of all time. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway.  The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony nominee Joey McKneely.  The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”