Lottery Announced for WEST SIDE STORY's Run at National Theatre, 6/3-8

Lottery Announced for WEST SIDE STORY's Run at National Theatre, 6/3-8

The National Theatre announced today that lottery tickets for West Side Story will be made available for each performance June 3 through 8.

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available seats will be held daily. Each performance day, beginning two hours prior to show time, those who present themselves at the National Theatre lobby may submit their names. After 30 minutes, a limited number of names will be drawn to purchase best-available seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available in-person only, with a maximum of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID to enter and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

West Side Story returns to its theatrical home at the National Theatre for one week only. The landmark American musical made its world premiere at the National in 1957 prior to heading to Broadway, as did its revival in 2008, and now the North American tour of this celebrated story concludes in Washington at the place where it all began.

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction is recreated for this 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).

West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. 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."

West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony® Award winner Arthur Laurents (book), and multiple Tony® and Grammy® Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. That creative team, along with Robbins, pushed the boundaries of the Broadway musical, and in doing so, redefined an art form.

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle.

Good seats are still available for West Side Story. Ticket prices start at $48 plus applicable service charges, and will be available at the National Theatre box office, online at, or by calling (800) 514-3849. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling(855) 486-2516. For more information, call (202) 628-6161.

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