Classic love story at the community center
The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of “West Side Story” will play at the Sacramento Community Center Theater through Jan. 29.
Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be 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”).
The new Broadway cast album of “West Side Story” won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in January 2010. 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.”
The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on Feb. 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim, breaking box office records at the Palace Theatre on March 19, 2009, and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The Broadway production played its final performance Jan. 2, 2011. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway.
Tickets for “West Side Story” range from $19 to $86 and are available by calling (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com. Tickets are also available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, and at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L St.in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday, Jan. 24, through Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.; matinee performances are Thursday, Jan. 26, Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. Broadway Sacramento is presented by California Musical Theatre and sponsored by Wells Fargo.
“West Side Story” features scenic designs by James Youmans (“Gypsy”), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (“The Farnsworth Invention,” “The Who’s Tommy”), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (“Gypsy,” “Jersey Boys”), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (“Gypsy,” “A Catered Affair”) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (“The Farnsworth Invention”).
“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.
“West Side Story” is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller and Broadway Across America.