Prince Edward Theatre & Prince Of Wales Theatre
Directed by Alan Johnson and Arthur Laurents - recreating Jerome Robbins original direction.
West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke", and "Cool".
“Forty years on, this imperishable masterpiece of musical theatre is as powerful, pertinent and poignant as ever.”
- Daily Mail, Michael Coveney
“For those of us who recall the fifties, West Side Story has now acquired the patina of nostalgia. But for anyone coming to the show totally fresh, this revival will give them a good idea of why it really was a musical landmark.” -
The Guardian, Michael Billington