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Toledo's Stranahan Theater will present 'West Side Story' in May

Theaterleague.com announced yesterday that the Broadway revival of “West Side Story” will play at the Stranahan Theater May 1-4 for a total of six performances in four days. See the Stranahan Theater website for times.

West Side Story Company.
West Side Story Company.
Photo by Amy Boyle
Maria (MaryJoanna Grisso) and Tony (Jarrad Biron Green) find each other.
Maria (MaryJoanna Grisso) and Tony (Jarrad Biron Green) find each other.
Photo by Amy Boyle

A modern day tale that uses the classic theme of “Romeo & Juliet” by Shakespeare, “West Side Story” depicts the star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. The pair struggles to rise above the urban gang environment that surrounds them. The play remains as timely as ever even though it has been fifty years since it was first performed.

This latest revival has gained notice from many critics. The Associated Press said, “Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” The New Yorker has called the show’s revival a “fresh, bold production . . . so exciting it makes you ache with pleasure.”

“West Side Story” was originally created by theater icons who have won numerous awards and critical acclaim: 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 Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

Creators of the “West Side Story” revival have also received critical acclaim. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

See the Stranahan Theater website for times and tickets. Tickets are now on sale, and they start at $28. Online tickets may be purchased at theaterleague.com and stranahantheater.org. The Stranahan box office at 4645 Heatherdowns Boulevard also sells tickets. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone at 419.385.8851.

The Stranahan Theater has recently presented other Broadway shows such as “Million Dollar Quartet,” “Rock of Ages” and “American Idiot.” The theater will soon announce the schedule for the 2014-15 Broadway in Toledo Series.