WEST SIDE STORY Tickets On Sale February 25, 2012
DANCAP PRODUCTIONS presents
the Grammy Award-Winning Broadway Smash Hit
WEST SIDE STORY
Tickets On Sale Saturday, February 25 @ dancaptickets.com
More than fifty years ago one musical changed the theatre forever! From the first note to the final breath, this new Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY soars again as the greatest love story of all time. Dancap Productions presents the first national tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY beginning May 8, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Tickets on sale Saturday, February 25 at dancaptickets.com.
“West Side Story is a classic Broadway show” exclaimed Aubrey Dan, President Dancap Productions. “From its spectacular score to the legendary choreography and timeless love story, this is theatre at its finest. I am thrilled to be presenting Arthur Laurents’ original, beautiful and colourful Broadway revival of West Side Story in Toronto; a truly captivating theatre experience.”
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. The score is a stream of standards that include “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere”.
Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway, and the original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
WEST SIDE STORY
Toronto Centre for the Arts
May 8 - June 3, 2012
Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30pm, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm
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WEST SIDE STORY had a long journey to Broadway. Six years elapsed between Jerome Robbins's first idea of a modern musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and its actual Broadway debut in 1957. Originally, the action of the musical was to take place on New York's Lower East Side with tensions flaring between Jews and Catholics during the Passover and Easter holidays. The original setting left the authors uninspired and the project was put on hold. Years later, when Arthur Laurents proposed changing the basis of conflict from religion to race, the show gained creative momentum and WEST SIDE STORY was born.
Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, WEST SIDE STORY opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 and garnered passionate reactions from critics and audiences alike. The piece has often been credited with changing the entire course of the American musical theatre. Applauding the creators’ innovation in dance and musical style, TIME Magazine exclaimed “Robbins’ energetic choreography and Bernstein’s grand score accentuate the satiric, hard-edged lyrics of Sondheim and Laurents’ capture of the angry voice of urban youth.” New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson described the show as “profoundly moving; an incandescent piece of work where theatre people, engrossed in an original project, are all in top form.”
The original production starred Larry Kert as “Tony,” Carol Lawrence as “Maria,” Chita Rivera as “Anita,” and won six Tony Award nominations including Best Musical of 1957. Jerome Robbins won the Award for his groundbreaking choreography and Oliver Smith took home the prize for Best Scenic Design. Also nominated were Carol Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, Max Goberman for Best Musical Director and Irene Sharaff for Best Costume Design. WEST SIDE STORY ran for 732 performances before launching national and international tours and a successful mounting at London’s Majesty Theatre in 1958. The first revival of the musical opened on April 8, 1964 at New York City Center by the New York City Center Light Opera Company. The production closed on May 3, 1964 after a limited engagement of 31 performances. The City Center production was staged by Gerald Freedman based on Robbins' original concept. A Broadway revival opened at the Minskoff Theatre on February 14, 1980 directed and choreographed by Robbins with the assistance of Tom Abbott and Lee Becker Theodore. The revival was nominated for a 1980 Tony Award for Best Revival as well as nods for Debbie Allen as “Anita” and Josie de Guzman as “Maria.”
The revival of WEST SIDE STORY on which this tour is based began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records on Thursday, March 19, 2009, recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history.
An exciting and innovative motion picture version, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, was released in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers “Maria and Tony” and Rita Moreno as “Anita.” The film also received wide praise from critics, winning ten Academy Awards out of its eleven nominated categories (including Best Picture) as well as a special award for Robbins. The film’s soundtrack grossed more than any other album before it.
ABOUT DANCAP PRODUCTIONS INC.
Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, Dancap Productions Inc. is a Tony Award®- winning commercial theatre company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dedicated to producing and presenting award-winning Broadway-style theatre, Dancap's inaugural season included The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 3 Mo Divas, My Fair Lady, Avenue Q and Jersey Boys. Dancap's international and Broadway production and investment credits include: Jersey Boys, Wicked, In the Heights, The Farnsworth Invention, Tom Stoppard’s Rock and Roll, [Title of Show], A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Memphis, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, The Addams Family, Ghost The Musical and the upcoming productions of Leap of Faith and A Streetcar Named Desire. In the fall of 2012, Dancap Productions will present the world premiere of an original musical on Broadway, Prince of Broadway, a celebration of the legendary director and producer, Harold “Hal” Prince, whose career is considered the most influential and successful in the American theatre. In Toronto, the 2012 Dancap Subscription Series includes presentations of American Idiot, In The Heights, Shrek The Musical, West Side Story, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, and Million Dollar Quartet.
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