West Side Story (Musical)
Whitehorse Musical Theatre 1982
Souvenir Brochure Directed and Choregraphed by Anne Peterson
West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for the Lincoln Center, changing the neighborhood's character.) The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American working-class group. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke", and "Cool".
Cast: Simon Westaway, Lila Kemlo, Laurie Lane, Christine Andrew, Tony Barnett, Roy Mears, Mark Finn, Stephen Hewitt, Andrew Vial, Luke McCaig, Randi Grose, Tina Scott, Nicole Watson, Dianne Fraser, Lindsay De Gorter, Donna Clarke, Alison Cliff, Michelle Allan, Vernon Curtis, Gregory Carroll, John Bordignon, Larry Dalton, Brett Coats, Michael Nolan, Bernadette Kealy, Sandra Woodgate, Shelly-anne Baker, Sally Campbell, Robyn Fosang, Tracey Haughton, Raymond Peters, Brian d'Arcy, Ron Bingham, Paul Weissel
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