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West Side Story - 2018 - Washington, DC (Regional) Tickets, News, Info & More

Experience forbidden love, fierce family loyalties, and the ruthless feud between the Sharks and the Jets through the iconic music of West Side Story! Bernstein’s legendary, Broadway-shaping musical interpretation of Romeo & Juliet with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim comes to life in concert performances as part of a nationwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year.

Featured soloists include a "who's who" of Broadway favorites: Corey Cott as Tony (Broadway’s Newsies and Bandstand), Solea Pfeiffer as Maria (Eliza in Hamilton tour), Krysta Rodriguez as Anita (Ana Vargas of Smash), Ephraim Sykes as Riff (Seaweed in NBC’s 2016 live production of Hairspray Live!), and Joel Perez as Bernardo (Broadway’s Fun Home).

This NSO presentation will be lightly staged, with theatrical lighting and costumes, and is conducted by NSO Pops Principal Conductor Steven Reineke, with direction by Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and assistant director Eric Sean Fogel. The visual designers are S. Katy Tucker and Mark McCullough, while Lynly Saunders designed the costumes.


Kennedy Center [Opera House]

(Washington, DC)
2700 F Street
Washington, DC 20566

West Side Story Washington, DC (Regional) Cast


by - Dec 7, 2021
Today's top stories include our coverage of opening night of Mrs. Doubtfire! Check out all of our photos from the big night, and read all of the reviews, here! Plus, we're taking you on the red carpet at the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors, get a first look at  Myles Frost as Michael Jackson in MJ the Musical, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 7, 2021
As Broadway theatres prepare to dim the lights for Stephen Sondheim, COME FROM AWAY and Sydney's Capitol Theatre will honour the memory of the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist who died at the age of 91.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 7, 2021
Aria Entertainment today announces the final casting for the musical adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's Broken Wings by Nadim Naaman – who will also play Kahlil Gibran - and Dana Al Fardan.
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021
The 'Steven on Rachel' featurette offers a sneak peek at songs like 'I Feel Pretty,' 'A Boy Like That,' and 'Tonight' as Steven Spielberg discusses casting Rachel Zegler has Maria when she was 17 years old. Also seen is rehearsal footage featuring Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose, and more.
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021
Filmed live at the historic Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, these concerts feature Tony and Olivier Award-winner Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hello, Dolly!), Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Waitress), and Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton, The Color Purple).
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021
Last night, the Broadway community was invited to an advance screening of Steven Spielberg's new West Side Story film adaptation. The screening was hosted by members of the cast and creative team including Kevin McCollum, Brian d’Arcy James, Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori, Paul Tazewell and Justin Peck. Check out photos from the event now!
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021
Rachel Zegler sat down with Drew Barrymore to discuss playing Maria in Steven Spielberg's new West Side Story adaptation. The two compared their experiences working with Spielberg and how he changed their lives. They also touched on Rita Moreno and Barrymore's emotional reaction to the film.
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 7, 2021
Empire Records: The Musical will receive a private industry reading helmed by Obie Award-winning director Trip Cullman (Choirboy) on December 7, 2021 at Roundabout Studios in NYC.
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021
The cast of Steven Spielberg's West Side Story, including Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez and Mike Faist, touched on the casting process, the creation of the film, and remembered the late Stephen Sondheim in the Sirius XM Town Hall interview with Jess Cagle. Watch clips from the interview now!
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 7, 2021
Join three Broadway favorites for STARS ON STAGE FROM WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE, three new concert specials headlined by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Gavin Creel, Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Bean, and Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. 
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 7, 2021
 A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, will be presented in as part of Barrington Stage Company's 2022 season.
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 7, 2021
THE THEATRE PODCAST With Alan Seales Welcomes Sierra Boggess And Julian Ovenden for its latest episode. 
by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2021
In a new West Side Story featurette, director Steven Spielberg speaks on casting Ariana DeBose as Anita. The video also features new footage of DeBose performing 'America'. The film also stars Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, David Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Brian D'Arcy James, Mike Faist, and more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 7, 2021
OPERA America has announced honors for exemplary artists, administrators, advocates, and trustees in two prestigious award programs, the Opera Hall of Fame and National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards.
by Claudio Erlichman - Dec 7, 2021
“7 x Pecado - Broadway in Concert” is the show chosen for the reopening of Teatro Escola Basileu França in Goiânia. Sponsored by the Government of Goiás, is based on the Seven Deadly Sins and how they manifest themselves in contemporary life they punctuate the scene through the great Broadway hits.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 6, 2021
Inspired by the life and art of Michael Jackson, MJ will begin performances on Broadway tonight, December 6, 2021, with an opening night set for Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at the newly refurbished Neil Simon Theatre. Learn more about the cast bringing this new musical to the stage!
by Michael Major - Dec 6, 2021
The special features the final domestic television interview with the late Stephen Sondheim, the musical's lyricist. Also featured are interviews with Ansel Eglort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, and more. The special takes viewers into the world of 'West Side Story' past and present.
by Michael Major - Dec 6, 2021
A new teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming West Side Story film has been released! The 'Exhilarating' teaser features Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno, David Alvarez, and more in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film.
by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2021
Paper Mill Playhouse's A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits opened over the weekend and is set to un through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Get a first look at the cast in action!
by BWW - Dec 6, 2021
Our readers set the nominees, and now voting is open for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW - Dec 6, 2021
Our readers set the nominees, and now voting is open for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Austria Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW - Dec 6, 2021
Our readers set the nominees, and now voting is open for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Delaware Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Michael Major - Dec 6, 2021
While Middle Eastern countries have strict censorship laws regarding aspects that don’t align with the nation’s cultural point of view, West Side Story was largely banned due to Anybodys, a transgender character played by non-binary actor Iris Menas. Films that include LGBTQ references have regularly been banned by censors in the Middle East.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 5, 2021
Get ready for a rumble! On Friday, December 10, it's Sharks vs. Jets as Steven Spielberg's much anticipated remake of West Side Story finally arrives on the big screen. Leading the face-off are Mike Faist and David Alvarez, who play Riff and Bernardo respectively. 
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 4, 2021
From Coming to America to Crazy Rich Asians, see our picks for the films we would most like to see get the movies to Broadway treatment!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 4, 2021
It's been years in the making and finally it's here! In just under a week, Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated remake of West Side Story hits the big screen. The film features some of musical theatre's most beloved music and most iconic characters, including Officer Krupke, played by Broadway's very own Brian d'Arcy James.
by Gigi Gervais - Dec 4, 2021
Paper Mill Playhouse's A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits just opened last night and is set to un through Sunday, January 2, 2022.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Dec 3, 2021
The theater community around the world is mourning the loss of legend Stephen Sondheim after his passing on November 26, 2021. We asked our readers which Sondheim lyric meant the most to them and why. Read their answers here.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Dec 3, 2021
Our student bloggers write about how they're coping with the current global health crisis, give insight on their school's performing arts programs, share their opinions on the latest theater news, and so much more. Favorite Sondheim shows, the impact of Sondheim and Larson, returning to live theater, getting into the holiday spirit, and more-- read the latest from our college student bloggers!
by Angeles Diaz - Dec 3, 2021
Después de la reciente noticia del fallecimiento del compositor Stephen Sondheim este última semana, hoy en ART ON STAGE llega este homenaje al autor. Este es un espacio creado por Zebra (@pantalonesdezebra) para recordar la importancia de ciertas producciones gracias al dibujo. Este Broadway Baby se enamoró del género gracias a su mentor Oscar Hammerstein II, que a su vez había revolucionado el musical en la época dorada de Broadway con SHOW BOAT primero y luego con OKLAHOMA! Con esta influencia y con este amor por el detalle Sondheim dio un vuelco a lo que se había hecho hasta entonces infundiendo sentido a cada palabra de sus obras, haciendo que sus personajes tuviesen tanta complejidad y tanta vida sobre el escenario que el público se sentiría identificado con sus problemas y tribulaciones.
by Gigi Gervais - Dec 3, 2021
The enduring film version of Fiddler on the Roof premiered in November 1971 and became one of the year's biggest hits, earning Academy Awards for Cinematography, Sound and Best Adapted Score. The winner in the latter category was the legendary John Wiliams, soon after to become the world's most famous film composer and win Oscars for his own now-classic music for Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. and Schindler's List.
by Michael Major - Dec 3, 2021
The West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features 21 songs from the film. The album features performances from Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno. The score features music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Stream the soundtrack and pre-order the CD now!
by Nicole Rosky - Dec 3, 2021
New York Producer Stephen DeAngelis returns to 2300 Onstage with special Holiday events on Wednesday, December 15th and Thursday, December 16th at 8 PM. The evening will allow the performers to recreate their most memorable musical moments from classic and contemporary Broadway as well as share their favorite Holiday songs. 
by Michael Major - Dec 3, 2021
ABC News sat down with Sondheim in his Connecticut home on November 11 to talk about Stephen Spielberg's upcoming reimagined 'West Side Story' film, which is being released on December 10. It was the lyricist's last domestic television interview before he died two weeks later. Watch a preview of the upcoming special!
by Michael Major - Dec 3, 2021
Rachel Zegler appeared on Live! With Kelly & Ryan this morning to discuss playing Maria in the new film adaption of West Side Story, falling in love with acting, teaching Steven Spielberg how to dance, appearing in the Shazam! sequel, and more. Watch the new interview clips now!
by Michael Major - Dec 3, 2021
On Stage will take a look back at the incredible life and career of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, including tributes from members of the Broadway community such as Nathan Lane, Josh Groban, Mandy Patinkin, Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti, Joanna Gleason, Lonny Price, Raul Esparza and Michael Cerveris.
by Michael Major - Dec 3, 2021
West Side Story took home the award for Best Cinematography at at the 2021 New York Film Critics Awards. Kathryn Hunter has been named Best Supporting Actress in Apple's adaption of Tragedy of Macbeth. Lady Gaga also won for for Best Actress in House of Gucci and Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter won Best First Film.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 3, 2021
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicked off its three-week 2021 homecoming season December 1 with a one-night only gala benefit complete with an inspirational performance at New York City Center and star-studded dinner-party at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. 
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 2, 2021
Tonight, NBC will air its sixth live musical production. Following in the footsteps of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Hairspray, and Jesus Christ Superstar, the peacock network will be presenting Annie. Based on Harold Gray's comic strip titled Little Orphan Annie, this musical tells the story of a little orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity who charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in New York City in the year 1933.
by Gigi Gervais - Dec 2, 2021
Pickering's Trilogy: Truth, Lies and Deception will have its premier at Le Pavé d’Orsay Theatre in the heart of Paris on December 16th. The trilogy contains three short plays Cat and Mouse, Sylvie and Sly and Beach Break.
by Michael Major - Dec 2, 2021
Directed by the Stephen Spielberg with Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner penning the film's screenplay, the film is an adaption of 1957 musical with a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. The cast includes Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno, Mike Faist, Brian D'Arcy James, and more.
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 2, 2021
The phrase “No one is irreplaceable” was shattered this past week when composer/lyricist/GOD of American musical theatre Stephen Sondheim passed away at age 91. Simply put, Sondheim was unique, groundbreaking and a true original that many tried to copy and never could.
by Michael Major - Dec 2, 2021
Rachel Zegler appeared on Good Morning America this morning to speak on working with Steven Spielberg, Ariana DeBose, and Stephen Sondheim on the new film adaption of West Side Story and more. She also discusses getting permission from Spielberg's to perform in her school's production of Shrek: The Musical. Watch the new interview now!
by Michael Major - Dec 2, 2021
Rachel Zegler has been named Best Actress of the year by the National Board of Review for her performance as Maria in West Side Story. The organization has also named West Side Story as one of the top films of the year. Aside from West Side Story, Zegler was recently announced to play Snow White in Disney's live action remake of the classic movie.
by Steve Murray - Dec 2, 2021
This Bay Area premiere of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub's musical adaptation of Twelfth Night is both the first Shakespeare play in nineteen seasons at SF Playhouse and director Susi Damilano's first attempt at the bard. Given those possibly daunting circumstances, this production is an exhilarating triumph and Damilano's best work since her brilliant Cabaret in 2019.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2021
 The Broadway community mourns the loss of prolific composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who passed away on November 26, 2021 at age 91. To commemorate his life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, December 8 at exactly 6:30pm.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2021
Forbes has revealed their annual 30 Under 30 list, highlighting the upcoming generation of talent in the categories of Music, Hollywood & Entertainment, Social Media, and more. The list includes a handful of well-known stars of the theater world, including Rachel Zegler, Abigail Barlow & Emily Bear and more!
by Michael Major - Dec 1, 2021
Get a first listen to the 'West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' with Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort singing 'Tonight'. The 'Balcony Scene (Tonight)' track from the film's upcoming soundtrack is out now!
by Michael Major - Dec 1, 2021
2021 closes with new soundtracks, including West Side Story and Annie LIVE!, and new musical films, including Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas and Encanto, hitting streaming services. This month also features new livestream concerts from Seth Rudetsky and Jessica Vosk, with RHONY's Countess Luann streaming from 54 Below.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2021
Chris Isaacson Presents and Ronn Goswick have announced the 12th Annual A Broadway Christmas. Hosted by Broadway stars Eden Espinosa and David Burnham with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach, there will be one performance only on Sunday, December 19, at 7:30pm, at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.