West Side Story

Ages: 12+
Opened: September 26, 1957

West Side Story - 1957 - Broadway History , Info & More

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’s Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY recently won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album. 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."

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SIMPLY SONDHEIM to Honor Broadway's Greatest Composer at Encore Music Theatre Company
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 21, 2021

At 91 years-old and with credits that range from “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” to “Sweeney Todd” and “Into The Woods” just to name a few, Stephen Sondheim remains one of Broadway's most pivotal voices.

VIDEO: THE TONIGHT SHOW Shares a Behind the Scenes Look at Their Broadway's Back Sketch
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jun 21, 2021

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon shared a behind the scenes look at their viral salute to Broadway that premiered on the show on June 8 with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phylicia Rashad, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Christopher Jackson, and 'In the Heights' stars Olga Merediz and Jimmy Smits!

Lawrence Leritz Joins Broadway Pride Month Celebration June 20 and 21st
by Stephi Wild - Jun 20, 2021

In celebration of Pride month, Backstage Babble is releasing a series of episodes with LGBT artists that fulfill it's mission-painting a picture of what it has been like to be gay in the theater world from the 1950s up until the present day. It is hosted by 13-year old Charles Kirsch.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY: SCHOOL EDITION at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts And Weary Arts Group
by Andrea Stephenson - Jun 19, 2021

There are so many wonderful moments in this show, it is sometimes hard to remember that the cast is so young. DreamWrights and Weary Arts Group have put together a tremendous production of West Side Story: School Edition. Visit www.dreamwrights.org for ticket information.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!
by - Jun 18, 2021

From the comedic brilliance of the mighty Pythons and their hysterically inaccurate retelling of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail, Eric Idle adapts his original Broadway script to streamline the music and laughter for a COVID-friendly environment.

Student Blog: The Importance of Making Musical Theatre More Accessible
by StudentBlogger Loriane Donnet-Monay - Jun 21, 2021

During the pandemic, with everything closed, it became even more evident that we need to find a way to have easier access to theatre. We can learn lessons from the whole situation and try to better the industry.

VIDEO: Kemar Jewel Releases Newest Project SOFT: A LOVE LETTER TO BLACK QUEER MEN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 18, 2021

Viral internet sensation Kemar Jewel, a Black Queer director/choreographer from Jamaica and raised in Philadelphia, has released a visual love letter that uses the language of contemporary dance to help Black Queer men heal from trauma and connect as a community.

Casting Announced For PIPPIN at Charing Cross Theatre This Summer
by Stephi Wild - Jun 18, 2021

Learn more about the full cast, and how to get tickets. The production will be staged in the round at Charing Cross Theatre from 30 June - 14 August.  

Review Roundup: RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT - What Did the Critics Think?
by Review Roundups - Jun 17, 2021

Read reviews from The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and more!

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Free Summer Concert Series Kicking Off on July 4th
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2021

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) kicks off a month of free summer concerts on July 4 with the BSO’s 4th of July special, a 30-minute musical televised performance in partnership with WMAR TV-2 followed by a series of free in-person concerts starting July 8 and running through July 30.

Summer Escool presenta sus intensivos en Madrid y Barcelona
by Ainhoa Hornero - Jun 17, 2021

En estos cursos podrás disfrutar a ritmo de IN THE HEIGHTS y WEST SIDE STORY

Isaac Sutton Will Return To Azrieli Amphitheater With TONIGHT A MUSICAL
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2021

Sutton will be joined by soprano extraordinaire Tal Bergman of The Israeli Opera, who most recently starred as Cosette at The National Theatre production of Les Miserables.    

MELANCHOLY MAN: An Independent Dance Short Film Now Available For Digital Audiences
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 16, 2021

Melancholy Man, a dance short film, directed and choreographed by James Kinney with cinematography and editing by Pierre Marais is available for viewing on Vimeo, Social Media Platforms and selected film festivals beginning Wednesday, June 16th. The film is produced by Nicole LaFountaine.

42ND STREET Cast Announced at The REV
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 16, 2021

On June 30th, The REV Theatre Company reopens its historic flagship venue, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, with the song and dance spectacular, 42nd Street. The show marks the company's return to live performances and runs through July 28 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park. The REV is implementing extensive safety precautions for audience and employees alike -- you can read more about them at TheRevTheatre.com/Covid-19. 

Melissa Errico, Joe Iconis, Brenda Braxton, Bianca Marroquín & More to Take Part in BROADWAY LIVE CINEMA FESTIVAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2021

Broadway Live Cinema Festival, the new film and live performance event honoring Broadway and movie musicals, has announced the lineup of artists set to perform live at the inaugural festival this summer at AMC Empire 25 Theater in Times Square (234 W 42nd St, NYC). 

Jason Robert Brown, Savion Glover, Priscilla López & More Join NYPL's I'M STLL HERE Benefit
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 16, 2021

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today that Jason Robert Brown, Savion Glover, Priscilla López, Susan Stroman, Marisha Wallace, and Christopher Wheeldon have joined the growing list of Broadway stars participating in I'm Still Here: A Virtual Benefit for the Billy Rose Theatre Division, airing June 23, 2021 on Broadway On Demand at 8pm EST and 8pm PST. The fundraiser will help raise critical funds for the Library for the Performing Arts' beloved Theatre Division as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

Showtime to Premiere New Drama Series AMERICAN RUST
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2021

The season will consist of nine episodes.

VIDEO: Rita Moreno Shares the Powerful Story of Finding Her Role Model in WEST SIDE STORY!
by Stage Tube - Jun 16, 2021

Moreno also shared her feelings about Lin-Manuel Miranda and the 'In The Heights' casting controversy.

GODSPELL, RENT & More to Return To The Jersey Shore This Summer at Algonquin Arts Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021

Broadway's back in New York City this fall, but fans of musical theatre at the Jersey Shore only have to wait another month. Algonquin Arts Theatre will be producing Broadway musicals 'Godspell' and 'Rent' this summer. Showtimes are Friday & Saturday nights at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

Catching Up with the Jimmy Awards Alumni- Part 1
by Team BWW - Jun 16, 2021

Before we get to know this year's Jimmy Awards nominees, BroadwayWorld is catching up with some of the program's alumni! Below, get to know just a few, including: Ethan Hardy Benson, Sarah Chico, Jamie Colburn, Caitlin Finnie, Adam Ross Glickman, Emma Heistand, Daniel Kohanbash, Emily Kuhn, Dino Nicandros, Samantha Steinmetz, and John Zamborsky.

VIDEO: Eastlake Dance Company Performs Dance At The Gym Suite From WEST SIDE STORY
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2021

Resilient to the conditions set forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, these students excelled in adapting and performing exceptionally quickly. Remarkably, the students learned all of the choreography in 4 zoom sessions and one in-person rehearsal.

Wake Up With BWW 6/15: West End Reopening Delayed, and More
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2021

Today's top stories: West End's full reopening has been delayed, watch a trailer for tick, tick...BOOM! directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more!

Student Blog: In the Heights and Cats: Why the Team Behind Movie Musicals is so Important
by Student Blogger: Paige Rosko - Jun 15, 2021

Seeing both of these movies and comparing their teams has shown that Hollywood needs to let Broadway people work on movie musicals. There is an understanding that Broadway people have of musicals that Hollywood people don't. 

Miami City Ballet Announces New Dancers And Promotions
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2021

Miami City Ballet (MCB) welcomes nine new dancers to the company, bringing this season's roster to 53. Under the artistic leadership of Lourdes Lopez and with a growing repertoire of over 130 works that honor the masters while opening pathways for emerging choreographers, MCB is one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed ballet companies in the country.

VIDEO: Anthony Ramos Talks IN THE HEIGHTS, Latino Representation in Musical Theatre, and More
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2021

Anthony Ramos, star of the new film adaptation of In The Heights, recently sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to chat about playing Usnavi, Latino representation in musical theatre, and much more.

BWW INTERVIEWS: África Romero nos presenta LA CANCI�"N DE IPANEMA
by Ainhoa Hornero - Jun 14, 2021

El musical llegará a las tablas del Teatro Fígaro el próximo 2 de julio

BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at Châtelet
by Patrick Honoré - Jun 12, 2021

For only four performances the past two weekends, the Châtelet in Paris was alive again with the sound of musicals we’ve been missing so much here. Boasting 2300 performances, and no less than four revivals on Broadway, Man of La Mancha ranks among the most performed musicals around the world. The book is by Dale Wasserman, based on his own teleplay on the fictional life of Don Quixote and that of his creator Cervantes, a very melodic score by Mitch Leigh, his first musical effort and his only big success, and lyrics by Joe Darion, which gave us at least two standards, the title song and “The Impossible Dream”, the latter recorded not only by Jacques Brel but by Johnny Halliday and Julien Clerc.

Kate Rockwell, J. Harrison Ghee, Natascia Diaz, Emily Skinner, Kendra Kassenbaum and More Will Lead The Muny's 2021 Summer Season
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2021

After what will be a 23-month intermission, The Muny's 103rd season will open with the Muny premiere of Smokey Joe's Cafe, followed by The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, On Your Feet! and Chicago.

BWW Interview: Melissa Errico Performs SONDHEIM BY THE SHORE Concert at Holmdel Theatre Company 7/17
by Erica Handel - Jun 11, 2021

Tony nominee and Broadway star, Melissa Errico, will bring her “Sondheim by the Shore” concert to Holmdel Theatre Company on July 17. This show is part of the theatre’s “Broadway Outside the Barn” concert series.

BWW Interview: Jaime Lozano of Joe's Pub Live! Free Virtual Concert June 24th
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 10, 2021

Jaime Lozano can't wait to be back on the live stage but in the meantime fans can enjoy him virtually, thanks to Joe's Pub.

Meet the Stars of Stage Door: Aléna Watters Can't Wait to Get Back on Stage in MRS. DOUBTFIRE
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 10, 2021

Today, we're getting to know Mrs. Doubtfire's Aléna Watters, with whom you can book a shoutout today!

Mandy Gonzalez, Daphne Rubin Vega, and More to Join Jaime Lozano for Virtual Concert at Joe's Pub Live
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2021

Considered by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda to be the 'next big thing' on Broadway, Mexican director, composer, arranger, and orchestrator Jaime Lozano is 'returning' to Joe's Pub on June 24 with a virtual concert as part of its series Joe's Pub Live!, a free series of streamed performances.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Heather Headley, Norm Lewis & More to Appear in the Wing's Centennial Concert and Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2021

In honor of what is usually Tony Sunday, the American Theatre Wing is partnering with BroadwayHD in making the Wing’s Centennial Concert that celebrates the theatre community available to all viewers beyond the paywall from June 13-19, while raising awareness for the Wing’s programming.

Wheelwright Museum and The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Produce A New Short Film: FOLLOWING ENCHANTMENT'S LINE
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 8, 2021

The Wheelwright Museum and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum are partnering to produce a short 10-minute film celebrating the diverse cultural connection of Santa Fe.

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon Perform A Show-Stopping Salute to the Return of Broadway!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 8, 2021

Tonight the spirit of Broadway as we know it reawakened with a little help from the great Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon.

Wake Up With BWW 6/9: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon Perform Salute to Broadway, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Jun 9, 2021

Today's top stories: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon perform a special tribute to Broadway, Taraji P. Henson cast as Miss Hannigan in NBC's Annie Live!, and more!

BWW Previews: JOSHUA BELL at Tarrytown Music Hall On June 9th, 2021
by Peter Danish - Jun 8, 2021

'Rock star' classical violinist Joshua Bell will be performing live at the Tarrytown Music Hall on 6/9/21, accompanied by Peter Dugan Piano. A rare opportunity to experience a world class performance in an intimate setting!

VIDEO: Rita Moreno Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 14, 2021

Watch as Richard chats with stage and screen legend Rita Moreno, whose new documentary, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, will be released on June 18.

A Free Concert Will Be Presented By Richmond County Orchestra This Saturday
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2021

The Richmond County Orchestra presents the Utopia Winds, its clarinet quartet, Saturday, June 12th, 1 p.m. at the Alice Austen House.    This FREE concert is open to the public.  The quartet performs popular classical pieces from movies and the media. Bring your lawn chair and or blanket and sit under the shady trees

Which Broadway Shows Have NOT Announced Return Dates?
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 14, 2021

Over the past month, Broadway fans have had plenty of reasons to celebrate, as show after show has announced their own plans to resume performances in the coming months. While most Broadway productions have shared news about their return, some have yet to confirm their next steps.

Broadway Team Helmed By Jeff Whiting Reimagines THE LOST COLONY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2021

America's longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, has been newly reimagined by Director Jeff Whiting (Big Fish, Scottsboro Boys) and a creative team of Broadway professionals, bringing the production's 84th Season to life in a brand new way.

BWW Interview: Mel Sussman, Director of OUR TOWN at Rio Rancho Players Community Theatre
by Zoe Burke - Jun 5, 2021

At long last, the community of Rio Rancho has its own theatre company, with plans for a production of Thornton Wilder's American classic Our Town this fall. I had a brief chat with Mel Sussman, founder of the Rio Rancho Players Community Theatre, about his experience with the arts, his journey from Philadelphia to Rio Rancho, and why Our Town is such an impactful play in particular at this time in American history.

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Debbie Allen
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 5, 2021

Debbie Allen is one of those arts types that simply doesn’t fit into one category. I think it is safe to say she is an all-around goddess of the arts. Her list of achievements includes being directed by Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, choreographing the Oscars, being an executive producer and actress on the long running Grey’s Anatomy, and running a dance academy that bears her name.

New Episode of DORIS DEAR'S GURL TALK Streaming Today
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 4, 2021

DeForest Theatricals announces Doris Dear, “America's Perfect Housewife” streaming season 2, episode 6, of her hit, Telly Award winning show, “Doris Dear's Gurl Talk”, on Broadway On Demand Friday June 4th starting at 3pm ET.  Stop by and spend an entertaining, informative half hour in the Rumpus Room with “Doris Dear's Gurl Talk” and her special guest, Broadway luminary Grover Dale!

The Randy Andys to Return to Live Performance Pangea
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 4, 2021

Executive Producer and Founding member Alison Mahoney (Evita, The Food Network's The Singing Baker) and Pangea Performance Space, have announced The Randy Andys triumphant return to the New York cabaret scene on Thursday, June 10th at 7 PM.

Opera San José Unveils 2021-22 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2021

One of Silicon Valley's flagship arts organizations, Opera San José, unveils its 2021-22 season, featuring new productions, company premieres, artist debuts, and cultural collaborations, in four vivid productions – including one with Broadway roots, a company first. 

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS is Everything You've Been Waiting For
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jun 3, 2021

With “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu at the helm, it’s no surprise that “In The Heights” is full of visual creativity and vibrant color. What’s so special about this film is not just the way it looks, however; it’s the way it feels.

2020-2021 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performers Winners Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2021

The Broadway Education Alliance, Disney Theatrical Group and Camp Broadway LLC has announced that $87,975 in educational scholarships have been awarded to students participating in the 11th annual Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, a celebration of high school musical programs in the Greater New York area.

Student Blogs to Check Out This Week - Graduating, Summer Stock Tips & More!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jun 4, 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. Gaining a BFA online, a case for the best movie musical, an inspiring story for immigrant artists, and more-- read the latest from our college student bloggers!

Review Roundup: IN THE HEIGHTS Film Adaptation; What Did the Critics Think?
by TV News Desk - Jun 11, 2021

The cast of 'In The Heights' features Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Dascha Polanco, Stephanie Beatriz, Gregory Diaz IV, Olga Meridez, and Jimmy Smits.


Jet Song
Something's Coming
The Dance at the Gym
One Hand, One Heart
The Rumble
I Feel Pretty
Gee, Officer Krupke!
A Boy Like That
I Have a Love
Kids Ain't
This Turf Is Ours
Opening Sequence
Jet Song
Something's Coming
Dance At The Gym
Balcony Scene
One Hand, One Heart
Tonight (Quintet)
The Rumble
I Feel Pretty
Ballet Sequence
Procession and Nightmare
Gee, Officer Krupke
A Boy Like That
I Have a Love
Taunting Scene
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Best Musical , , Best Choreography for Jerome Robbins, Best Conductor and Musical Director for Max GobermanBest Costume Design for Irene Sharaff and Best Scenic Design for Oliver Smith.
Best Choreography for Jerome Robbins, Best Conductor and Musical Director for Max Goberman, Best Costume Design for Irene Sharaff, Best Scenic Design for Oliver Smith, .
West Side Story has been nominated for several awards. One notable nomination is the Performance (Theatre World Awards) nomination for Carol Lawrence.
West Side Story has won several awards, including the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Carol Lawrence.



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