February, 1 2018 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
311 E. Walnut St. Springfield, MO 65806
BASED ON A CONCEPTION OF JEROME ROBBINS
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS • Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN • Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by
Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet written by Arthur Laurent with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
The powerful, poignant, and timely musical explores the rivalry between the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks, two teenage street gangs in New York City. Tony, best friend to the leader of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, sister to the leader of the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate and violence weaves an innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant tale.
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. The score by is widely regarded as one of the best ever written, and the dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.
THIS PRODUCTION OF WEST SIDE STORY IS DEDICATED TO ANNIE CARLYN