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West Side Story


Speciality Nights

  • Post-Show Discussion Nights January 5 & 13, 2016
  • Pride Night January 8, 2016
  • Open Captioned Performances January 3, 2016 at 2PM and January 12, 2016 at 7:30PM

Extended Through January 31

West Side Story

by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim

December 8, 2015 – January 31, 2016


Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, West Side Story makes its triumphant Signature debut.

In the late 1950s two rival gangs struggle for control of their West Side New York City neighborhood. Amidst the chaos, star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between their worlds. Beautiful, passionate, with shades of violence and heartache, this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’‘s Romeo and Juliet still dazzles after more than fifty years.

Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story’‘s legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs ““Something’‘s Coming,“” ““Tonight,” ““I Feel Pretty“” and ““America.“”

“It snaps, it crackles, it pops! It surges with a roar, its energy and sheer life undiminished by the years…. When the “Prologue” blasts out of the pit, it sends an immediate thrill down the audience’‘s collective spine.” – New York Post

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

West Side Story contains some sexual content, theatrical smoke and haze, strobe lights, cigarette smoking, and one gun shot.

Age Appropriateness
Recommended for ages 12/13 and up
This musical would be suitable for high school and well-prepared middle school students who can handle some profanity and strong subject matter such as violence and sexual themes.

  • Sponsored by the HRH Foundation, Bonnie & Kenneth Feld, and Michelle S. Lee, President and CEO, STG International, Inc.
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    The Signature Orchestra for West Side Story is sponsored by The Meredith Foundation.

  • Theatre Development Fund

    Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.