The Jets and the Sharks will be back at it again this fall when West Side Story takes the stage at Phoenix Theatre. Showing for a limited time from Sep. 5 to Oct. 14, West Side Story is a three-time Tony Award-winning musical and is one of the most performed musical theatre productions in America.
The modern Romeo and Juliet story is set in New York City and is the story of rival gangs, the Jets (who are Caucasian) and the Sharks (who are Puerto Ricans) and the social problems they face. The story escalates when Tony falls for Maria and their respective gangs go to war to keep the two apart. Filled with passion, racial tension and lots of upbeat singing and dancing, West Side Story is a must-see.
“West Side Story is full of fire and passion,” said Michael Barnard, producing artistic director for Phoenix Theatre. “It’s violent, it’s sexual, it’s rife with tension just on the verge of explosion. Our production pushes all of those tensions to the surface in a way that’s incredibly relevant today.”
Phoenix Theatre’s production of West Side Story, directed by Barnard, showcases both familiar faces and fresh talent. Last seen as Jack in Newsies, James Gish will star as Tony alongside Phoenix Theatre newcomer, Joy Del Valle, playing Maria. Local favorites Alyssa Chiarello and Eddie Maldonado will play Anita and Bernardo, last seen in Little Shop of Horrors and Godspell, respectively.
Phoenix Theatre is offering a special promo for West Side Story (and Avenue Q) for $79. The deal includes two tickets to the show and two alcoholic drinks. Valid for any Tuesday-Friday show and for adults under 40.
For tickets and more information, visit: phoenixtheatre.com