WEST SIDE STORY Comes To The Colonial Theatre 6/14-7/9
The national tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY comes to Boston's Colonial Theatre for a four week engagement June 14 through July 9. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by Cape Cod native, David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).
Tickets go on sale on this Sunday, April 17 through an authorized ticket seller found only at Ticketmaster 1-800-982-2787, by visiting www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Boston and directly at the box office of The Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, during special Sunday hours 10am - 6pm. The Colonial box office will resume normal business hours (Mon - Sat 10am to 6pm) beginning on Monday, April 18. Season Series Patrons interested in tickets should call Broadway Across America - Boston directly at 1-866-523-7469 and for Member tickets please call 1-866-551-7469. For groups of 15 or more please call Broadway Across America - Boston Group Sales at 617-482-8616 or email BostonGroups@broadwayacrossamerica.com. WEST SIDE STORY is part of the Lexus Boston Area Dealers Broadway Across America - Boston Series.
The new Broadway WEST SIDE STORY cast album 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."
The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, March 19, 2009, and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The Broadway production played its final performance January 2, 2011. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway.
WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention, The Who's Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy, Jersey Boys), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention).
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.
WEST SIDE STORY is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller and Broadway Across America.
WEST SIDE STORY had a long journey to Broadway. Six years elapsed between Jerome Robbins's first idea of a modern musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and its actual Broadway debut in 1957. Originally, the action of the musical was to take place on New York's Lower East Side with tensions flaring between Jews and Catholics during the Passover and Easter holidays. The original setting left the authors uninspired and the project was put on hold. Years later, when Arthur Laurents proposed changing the basis of conflict from religion to race, the show gained creative momentum and WEST SIDE STORY was born.
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. The piece has often been credited with changing the entire course of the American musical theatre. 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 production starred Larry Kert as "Tony," Carol Lawrence as "Maria," Chita Rivera as "Anita," and won six Tony Award nominations including Best Musical of 1957. Jerome Robbins won the Award for his groundbreaking choreography and Oliver Smith took home the prize for Best Scenic Design. Also nominated were Carol Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, Max Goberman for Best Musical Director and Irene Sharaff for Best Costume Design. WEST SIDE STORY ran for 732 performances before launching national and international tours and a successful mounting at London's Majesty Theatre in 1958. The first revival of the musical opened on April 8, 1964 at New York City Center by the New York City Center Light Opera Company. The production closed on May 3, 1964 after a limited engagement of 31 performances. The City Center production was staged by Gerald Freedman based on Robbins' original concept. A Broadway revival opened at the Minskoff Theatre on February 14, 1980 directed and choreographed by Robbins with the assistance of Tom Abbott and Lee Becker Theodore. The revival was nominated for a 1980 Tony Award for Best Revival as well as nods for Debbie Allen as "Anita" and Josie de Guzman as "Maria."
The revival of WEST SIDE STORY on which this tour is based began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records on Thursday, March 19, 2009, recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history.
An exciting and innovative motion picture version, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, was released in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers "Maria and Tony" and Rita Moreno as "Anita." The film also received wide praise from critics, winning ten Academy Awards out of its eleven nominated categories (including Best Picture) as well as a special award for Robbins. The film's soundtrack grossed more than any other album before it.
Broadway Across America - Boston will be hosting three Access performances throughout the engagement of WEST SIDE STORY:
Open Captioned performance Thursday, June 23rd at 7:30pm
American Sign Language (ASL) performance Sunday, June 26th at 7:30pm
Audio Described performance Thursday, June 30th at 7:30pm
Tickets for these performances may be purchased through Voice-(617)880-2419, TTY-(617) 426-3444, in person at the box office of Boston's Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston or via email at ADABoston@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com
Open Captioning is an alternate form of accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing population in the United States. The c2net.org website describes Open Captioning as "text displayed simultaneous to live speech, dialogue or performance." This technology is now utilized by theaters nationwide. It provides hearing impaired patrons with the complete script and song text for live performances on small screens directly adjacent to audience seating. For more comprehensive information on Open Captioning visit www.c2net.org.
During American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted performances, qualified Interpreters convey the story, dialogue and other elements to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons. Audience members are able to see both the interpreter and the stage action simultaneously.
Audio description is a live narration of the visual aspects of the performance broadcast to visually impaired patrons who wear a small receiver (headset). This narration includes pre-show descriptions of the theatre and of the costume and scenic elements as well as narration of blocking and choreography between the show's dialogue and musical numbers.
PERFORMANCES ARE: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30pm
(Please note: Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm and an additional 1pm matinee
on Thurs 7/7)
Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm
TICKET PRICES: Starting at $48
Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY go on sale on this Sunday, April 17 through an authorized ticket seller found only at Ticketmaster 1-800-982-2787, by visiting www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Boston and directly at the box office of Boston's Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, during special Sunday hours 10am - 6pm. The Colonial Theatre box office will resume its normal business hours Monday through Saturday 10am - 6pm on Monday, April 18. Applicable service charges may apply. Performance prices, dates, times and cast are subject to change without notice. Season Series Patrons interested in tickets should call Broadway Across America - Boston directly at 1-866-523-7469 and for Member tickets please call 1-866-551-7469. For groups of 15 or more please call Broadway Across America - Boston Group Sales at 617-482-8616 or email BostonGroups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.