Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Beef & Boards

It opened 60 years ago on Broadway, yet its message continues to resonate today. The powerful and poignant musical West Side Story is now on stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre for performances now through Oct. 1. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

The enduring Shakespeare tale of Romeo and Juliet is adapted by Arthur Laurents and taken to the streets of New York City's West Side. After meeting at a dance, Maria and Tony become star-crossed lovers who are caught between opposing gangs: the Sharks and the Jets. But they are able to find love despite the ongoing tension of prejudice, hate, and rebellion that surrounds them.

Leonard Bernstein's music, coupled with Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, create an emotional and exhilarating musical experience with incredible songs including "America," "I Feel Pretty," "Maria," "Tonight" and "Somewhere."

These iconic numbers performed with energetic dancing complete the passionate musical that earned West Side Story two Tony Awards. The movie adaptation that followed earned the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Beef & Boards welcomes newcomers Glenn DeVar and Courtney Cheatham in the roles of Tony and Maria, along with Higgins as Bernardo. Marisa Rivera, previously seen at Beef & Boards as Velma in Chicago, plays the fiery role of Anita.

There are 47 performances of West Side Story in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $42.50 to $67.50, and include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade. Ample free parking is also available.

For reservations, call the box office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. For complete show schedule, visit beefandboards.com.

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Beef & Boards
Bernardo (Dan Higgins) and Anita (Marisa Rivera) dance together

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Beef & Boards
The Jets, led by Riff (Ben Cullen), center, learn to play it 'Cool' as they anticipate a rumble with the rival gang the Sharks

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Beef & Boards
Maria (Courtney Cheatham) and Tony (Glenn DeVar)

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Beef & Boards
Meeting in secret on a fire escape, Tony (Glenn DeVar) and Maria (Courtney Cheatham) sing 'Tonight' about their newfound love

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Beef & Boards
Anita (Marisa Rivera), at right, dances with the other Sharks girls as they debate the life they now live in 'America'




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