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STAGE TUBE: International Touring Cast of WEST SIDE STORY Lip-Syncs to Icona Pop's 'I Love It'
by Stage Tube - October 8, 2013

The international touring cast of WEST SIDE STORY put together a fun lip-sync video to Icona Pop's summer anthem 'I Love It'. Watch them party it up below! (more...)
STAGE TUBE: First Look at Ross Lekites, Carly Evan Hughes and More in Highlights of Ogunquit's WEST SIDE STORY
by Stage Tube - September 14, 2013

West Side Story, one of the greatest love stories of all time, is currently running at the Ogunquit Playhouse stage through September 28. This all new production of the timeless classic, helmed by Broadway veteran director BT McNicholl, mesmerizes audiences of all ages from the first note to the final breath. With a set designed exclusively for the Ogunquit Playhouse by Michael Schweikardt, an extraordinary cast and an iconic score soaring throughout, theatre goers will fall in love with West Side Story all over again. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)
BWW Reviews: Ogunquit Playhouse Mounts Muscular and Thrilling WEST SIDE STORY
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - September 8, 2013

?The Ogunquit Playhouse's revival of the legendary Bernstein-Sondheim-Laurents-Robbins classic, West Side Story, which opened September 5th pulsates with muscular energy and wrenching pathos. It is a production which makes the essence of the original creators palpable at the same time that it takes a fresh, vibrant - and, yes - touchingly relevant look at the material. Moreover, the Ogunquit West Side Story, directed by BT McNicholl and choreographed by Jeffry Denman forges a thrilling bond between stage and audience in the immediacy of the action and emotion. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Ross Lekites, Carly Evan Hughes and More in Ogunquit's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - September 5, 2013

West Side Story, one of the greatest love stories of all time, is currently running at the Ogunquit Playhouse stage through September 28. This all new production of the timeless classic, helmed by Broadway veteran director BT McNicholl, mesmerizes audiences of all ages from the first note to the final breath. With a set designed exclusively for the Ogunquit Playhouse by Michael Schweikardt, an extraordinary cast and an iconic score soaring throughout, theatre goers will fall in love with West Side Story all over again. BroadwayWorld has a first look below! (more...)
BWW Interviews: Director BT McNicholl Takes a Fresh Look at WEST SIDE STORY
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - September 5, 2013

'The show still has the energy of those brilliant young collaborators toiling on together and shining that diamond,' says BT McNicholl of his latest project, a new production of West Side Story which opens at the Ogunquit Playhouse September 5 and runs through September 28. The Broadway writer-director is thrilled to have the opportunity 'to take a fresh look' at the Bernstein-Sondheim-Laurents-Robbins classic and to bring to it 'our own aesthetic.' (more...)
Photo Coverage: International Tour Of WEST SIDE STORY In London!
by BWW News Desk - August 13, 2013

The international cast of "WEST SIDE STORY" has arrived in London for the show's run at Sadler's Wells until 22 September, and some of the members of the two rival gangs - The Jets and The Sharks - headed to London's edgy and urban Leake Street, SE1 to re-create some of the show's most iconic dance moves. (more...)
West Side Story se proyecta en el Ciclo Cinesa Rewind
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - July 9, 2013

Hoy martes 9 de julio y el jueves 11, a las 20h, en las salas Cinesa Proyecciones (Fuencarral 136) y Mendez Álvaro (Acanto 2) por solo 5 euros, se puede revivir en pantalla grande el romance de Maria y Tony. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Jeff Smith Talks Touring Life with WEST SIDE STORY
by Sara Brown - June 21, 2013

The first time I saw WEST SIDE STORY it was the movie version, but I instantly fell in love with the story and music. This year, I saw the new national tour and became obsessed. In this interview Jeff Smith, who plays Jet member Snowboy, talks about touring, his past and future, and shows off a hidden talent. (more...)
BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY at the Symphony Gives New Life to Classic Movie
by Alan Henry - May 29, 2013

West Side Story at the Symphony is an incredible experience, combining the classic movie with a a score played live by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. (more...)
BWW Reviews: McGill's WEST SIDE STORY is Definitely 'Cool'
by Meghan Pearson - January 25, 2013

When West Side Story opened in 1957 it was nothing the world had ever seen before. This was partly because of the heavy themes it deals with, namely racial prejudice and gang violence, but mainly because it gracefully blends dance into the telling of the story. (more...)
WEST SIDE STORY Comes to Fort Worth's Bass Hall, 1/15-20
by BWW News Desk - December 13, 2012

Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth, the tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is coming to Fort Worth. WEST SIDE STORY will open at Bass Performance Hall on January 15 and run through January 20. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by 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). (more...)
Troika Entertainment Launches National Tour of WEST SIDE STORY at Paramount Arts Center
by Robert Hazlette - October 29, 2012

More than 50 years since the musical, West Side Story first appeared, it has been revived countless times and become a fundamental of musical theater companies of both professional and amateur standing. Although many productions are "attempted", it's very seldom that one is lucky enough to see a production that succeeds in the standards set forth by the original adaptation. Elements frequently missing are age-appropriate casting and the force to make the audience feel the danger within the plot. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden Perform WEST SIDE STORY's Balcony Scene on BBC Proms 2012!
by Stage Tube - September 10, 2012

In the video below, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden perform the balcony scene from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story as part of BBC Proms 2012 from the Royal Albert Hall, London. Watch below! (more...)
BWW Reviews: PRiMA's MUSIC OF WEST SIDE STORY Sizzles with Josefina Scaglione
by Marakay Rogers - September 10, 2012

Lancaster's PRiMA Theatre presents an electrifying staged jazz theatrical concert of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY with Broadway's Maria, Josefina Scaglione. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Josefina Scaglione on the Music of WEST SIDE STORY and More
by Marakay Rogers - September 8, 2012

Tony nominee Josefina Scaglione comes to Lancaster, PA to sing THE MUSIC OF WEST SIDE STORY on September 9 and 16, 2012. She pauses during rehearsals to talk about her career, her ambitions, and Lancaster County. (more...)
WEST SIDE STORY at Contra Costa Civic Theatre Opens Tonight, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2012

Contra Costa Civic Theatre's West Side Story, opening tonight, July 13, boasts the largest orchestra in the company's 52-year history, 26 actors making their CCCT debut, and the first collaboration of Artistic Director Derrick J. Silva (Choreographer), and Managing Director Daren A.C. Carollo (Director). (more...)
STAGE TUBE: WEST SIDE STORY National Tour Lip-Syncs 'Call Me Maybe'
by Stage Tube - June 22, 2012

The cast of the Broadway First National Tour of West Side Story put together a fun lip-sync video of the pop hit 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen. BroadwayWorld brings you the spoof below, featuring the cast backstage and more! (more...)
BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY Heats Up Durham
by Larissa Mount - June 7, 2012

Everybody knows West Side Story. Even if you have never seen the show before, even if you haven't seen the movie, you know West Side Story. The iconic show is so enmeshed in American culture that it is inescapable. For good reason, I might add. West Side Story is landmark theater, marking the genesis of the modern musical. And it's at the Durham Performing Arts Center now. (more...)
WEST SIDE STORY Cast Hosts Master Class with Etobicoke School for the Arts Today, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2012

Dancap Productions and Etobicoke School for the Arts continue their WEST SIDE STORY collaboration with a master dance class taught by cast members today, May 24 @ 12:45pm. (more...)
BWW Interviews: WEST SIDE STORY Comes to DPAC in June - The Creative Process with Joey McKneely
by Larissa Mount - May 20, 2012

One of the most well-known shows of all time, West Side Story, is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center this June. In anticipation of its arrival, I spoke with Joey McKneely, the show's choreographer, to gain insight into the unique elements of this production. He offered a glimpse into the creative minds of the late Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents. He explains why every generation needs to experience the power of West Side Story, and why this imagining of the production brings to light the relevance of the themes. (more...)
'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 4th, 2012
by Paul W. Thompson - January 4, 2012

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to New York. Check out the Mosh Pit 'Top Ten Hot Topics' for the last half of 2011! (more...)
STAGE TUBE: WEST SIDE STORY Flash Mob Hits NYC!
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 11, 2011

Today, the YouTube partnership network DanceOn produced a flash mob featuring 50 New York City dancers to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Academy Award winning film, West Side Story. (more...)
FLASH FRIDAY: WEST SIDE STORY - All The Way
by Pat Cerasaro - November 4, 2011

Has Broadway ever had the pleasure to hear a better score than that of WEST SIDE STORY? Furthermore, has a better movie musical ever been made of a Broadway show? Honestly, does musical theatre get any more breathlessly exhilarating and passionately evocative as WEST SIDE STORY unquestionably is? Did Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins somehow actually improve on perfection in the original production of the show with their 1960 film version of the Shakespeare-based, modern Manhattan-set property? Well, I suppose it all depends on your point of view, but for many Broadway babies WEST SIDE STORY is simply as good as it gets as far as musical tragedy or musical comedy is concerned, and, for many film buffs, there are few movie musicals as potent, powerful and prescient as WEST SIDE STORY undoubtedly is in its multi-Oscar-winning film iteration. It is truly the best of both worlds for the duration of its running time, somehow managing to put across the highly theatrical storytelling techniques employed by master-directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and, also, present the realistic, rough and tumble life of Tony and Maria - the doomed lovers at the core of the story. More than anything else, though, it is the impossible-to-beat score for WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim - along with Arthur Laurents tight and terse book (enhanced for the film by Ernest Lehmann) - that makes it the timeless classic for the ages that it is. Name one other score that boasts as many songs etched into the very culture of America itself as this one - "Tonight", "Maria", "Cool", "A Boy Like That", "I Feel Pretty", "America", "Somewhere"; and, the list goes on. (more...)
WEST SIDE STORY to Be Featured in Movie Theatres Nationwide, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - October 10, 2011

Bringing one of the most acclaimed works of musical drama ever captured back to movie theaters nationwide this fall, NCM Fathom and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are presenting The West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 pm local time. This unprecedented opportunity allows audiences to enjoy every sensational song and dazzling dance number in this cinematic masterpiece, which originally won a stunning 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, in 1961. The West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event will open with an exciting new TCM original production featuring a discussion with Walter Mirisch of The Mirisch Company, which produced the classic; Oscar®-winning actor George Chakiris; and vocalist Marni Nixon, who served as Natalie Woods' voice double. TCM Host Robert Osborne moderates the discussion, which was taped at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in historic Hollywood. (more...)