WEST SIDE STORY Enters Final Three Months of UK Tour; Ends at Theatre Royal Norwich, Sept 13

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WEST SIDE STORY Enters Final Three Months of UK Tour; Ends at Theatre Royal Norwich, Sept 13

The record-breaking UK national tour of "WEST SIDE STORY" is now entering the final three months of its year-long tour. There are just eight stops left until the tour ends at the Theatre Royal Norwich on 13 September 2014.

Prior to Norwich the tour will visit: Milton Keynes Theatre; His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen; Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield; The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; Theatre Royal Plymouth; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Liverpool Empire Theatre. Full listings below.

"Still as gloriously fresh, relevant and thrilling as ever" (Time Out), this production is presented by BB Promotion in collaboration with Sundance Productions Inc., NY and Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group. For more about the show, visit www.westsidestorytheshow.co.uk.

The cast is led by Katie Hall as 'Maria', Louis Maskell as 'Tony', Djalenga Scott as 'Anita' and Jack Wilcox as 'Riff'. Dom Hodson plays Tony in Liverpool and Norwich.

Katie Hall was most recently seen as 'Christine' in the national tour of "The Phantom of the Opera". She was a boot camp contestant for the BBC1's search for 'Nancy' in "I'd Do Anything" and was a final round contender for Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for the Eurovision entry, "Your Country Needs You", also for BBC1. She has also played 'Christine' in "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre in London and 'Cosette' in "LES MISERABLES" at the Queen's Theatre in the West End, on the 25th Anniversary tour and also at the O2. Louis Maskell has previously appeared in the national tour of "Scrooge -The Musical" and "Iolanthe" at Wilton's Music Hall. Djalenga Scott has appeared in "Chicago" in the West End as well as the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical" and the European tour of "The Rocky Horror Show". Jack Wilcox was most recently seen in "Singin' in the Rain" at the West End's Palace Theatre. His other West End credits include "Wicked" and "Shoes".

The rest of the company includes Bruce Aguilar-Rohan, Charlotte Baptie, Challyce Brogdon, Charlie Cameron, Danielle Cato, Javier Cid, Nicola Coates, Rachel Crocker, Matthew Croke, David Delve, Lisa Dent, Rachel Ensor, Fraser Fraser, Sergio Giacomelli, Jason Griffiths, Matthew Hawksley, Dom Hodson, Liam Paul Jennings, Sinead Kenny, Devon McKenzie Smith, Alex Pinder, James Pullum, Scott Rayner, Nathan Ryles, Sam Salter, Katie Singh, Sergi Terns, Fenia Tsikitikou, Sion Tudor Owen and Niko Wirachman.

This production of "WEST SIDE STORY" exclusively features the entire original Jerome Robbins choreography. This production has sold out in cities around the world, including Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid, and Beijing. It has continued with a record breaking run in the UK, selling out for four weeks in Manchester last Christmas and in cities up and down the country repeating the success of the previous 2008/9 tour.

"WEST SIDE STORY" changed the course of musical theatre when it opened on Broadway in 1957 and it still remains one of the most successful stage shows of all time. The 1961 film version won ten Academy Awards. Based on Romeo and Juliet, "WEST SIDE STORY" is set on Manhattan's Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs; one white, the other Puerto Rican. When Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the rival gang's leader, the feud takes on a new dimension, and as their love blossoms so begins a fatal journey overshadowed by violence and hatred. The score includes the unforgettable songs 'Maria', 'Tonight', 'Somewhere', 'America' and 'I Feel Pretty'.

"WEST SIDE STORY" originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, has a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein with Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

This production is directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely using the full original Jerome Robbins choreography. Joey is the former assistant to Jerome Robbins. He has worked extensively on Broadway where his choreography credits include "Smokey Joe's Café" (Tony Award nomination) and "The Boy From Oz" starring Hugh Jackman. His other credits include Hal Prince's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind" and Nicholas Hytner's production of "Twelfth Night".

WEST SIDE STORY DATES:

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE | 3 - 14 June | 0844 871 7652

www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre

HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE ABERDEEN | 17 - 28 June | 01224 641 122

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/west-side-story

LYCEUM THEATRE SHEFFIELD | 1 - 12 July | 0114 249 6000

http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/west-side-story-14/

THE MARLOWE THEATRE CANTERBURY | 15 - 19 July | 01227 787787

http://www.marlowetheatre.com/page/3179/West-Side-Story/605

THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH | 29 July - 9 August | 01752 267222

http://www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2014/west-side-story/

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE CARDIFF | 12 - 23 August | 029 2063 6464

https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2014-2015/DonaldGordonTheatre/Aug12WestSideStory

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE | 26 - 30 August | 0844 871 3017

http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

THEATRE ROYAL NORWICH | 2 - 13 September | 01603 63 00 00

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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