West Side Story
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Stephen Sondheim Festival Theatre
Apr. 11 to Nov 8.
Opens: Jun 5
Duration: 2hrs, 27 minsPhoto of Paul Nolan and Chilina Kennedy
By David Hou
Support for the 2009 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Laura Dinner and Richard Rooney
About the Musical
Two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, wage a turf war in the mean streets of New York City. But when Tony, best friend of Jets leader Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Sharks leader Bernardo, simmering tensions escalate toward a shocking finale.
With its explosive dance numbers and unforgettable score, this modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet
changed the face of the American musical.
Content Advisory Young love and gang violence are central to the story; however, the depiction of these elements is not unduly graphic. The street fighting is stylized and balletic; the passion of the lovers finds its expression primarily in song, though there is one brief and dimly lit moment of partial nudity. Fog and haze effects are used in the production, herbal cigarettes are smoked, and a gunshot is fired.
Our recommendation: Suitable for most ages but may not be of interest to younger children.
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