Tony John Furey is the former leader of the Jets, a gang of poor white teenagers who fight to maintain their turf against the Sharks, a gang of newly arrived Puerto Rican teenagers who want to establish their own territory. At the teen dance, which both groups attend in full force, Tony meets and immediately falls in love with Maria Amanda Childs.
Pam Ernst When it opened on Broadway inWest Side Story was a cutting edge, raw musical, almost ahead of its time—in the vein of recent musicals Rent, Book of Mormon, or Urinetown. The story is set in Upper West Side Manhattan which was a blue collar community in the 50s and centered on the rivalry between a white gang, the Jets, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks.
Ultimately, a brave producer stepped in and the show opened as planned, becoming one of the most beloved musicals in American history. Under the artistic direction of Judith A.
Ranaletta former longtime director of music and drama programs at Greece Athena High Schoolthis production is a fast-paced revival that stays true to its roots while adding a bit of creative flair. The set design by Jim Price rivals sets found on regional and touring stages: There are few hobbies as time-consuming as musical theater, and the RWCCT ensemble has clearly worked long hours to make this a tight, clean production.
Jimmy Boorum Tony possesses a childlike joy that might be a different interpretation of Tony's character, but his wide vocal range and soaring solos clearly won him the role and, in turn, win the audience.
Paige Kiefner Maria is stunning, a triple threat of acting, singing, and dancing talent. West Side Story runs through January For tickets, visit here. Photos by Pam Ernst.Broadway in Chicago’s West Side Story continues through August 14th at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, W.
Randolph (map), with performances Tuesdays at pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and pm, Thursdays and Fridays at pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
Matt Doyle as Tony (center) and the company of “West Side Story” West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Photo by Matthew Murphy The only thing wrong with “West Side Story” at Paper Mill Playhouse is that it ends on June “West Side Story” remains one of the best musicals of all-time, and it deserves a home theater release that knocks your socks off the way the songs do.
This release isn’t a disaster by any means, but it could have been more pristine. Turtle Lane's current show is the classic musical "West Side Story". Based on Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet", the story is as fresh and meaningful to contemporary audiences as it was in for the original play as well as in the 's.
Review: West Side Story Sumptuous Storytelling and Love at First Sight By Lauren Yarger Her play "From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story" was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York in February She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only.
When I first heard West Side Story, it was the original Broadway cast recording on my parents’ mono Magnavox console. Without Jerome Robbins’ direction and choreography, without the sets and costumes, and without the dialogue, I was transfixed over and over by the trailblazing musical, an updating of Romeo and Juliet.