West Side Story
50th Anniversary World Tour: Music theatre history was made at the Broadway premiere of West Side Story on 26th September 1957 in the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. A unique stage work, which set new standards as far as artistic, rhythmic and lyrical expression was concerned with its superb musicality and dramatization, redefining an entire genre, was born.
The film version of the outstanding masterpiece, which had flowed from the pens of the first “creative team” – Leonard Bernstein (music), Jerome Robbins (conceptual design/direction and choreography), Arthur Laurents (script) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) – was awarded an amazing haul of ten Oscars just a few years later, and became known to an audience of millions. As a musical, it became one of the most successful stage shows of all time, which would pave the way for American musical theatre. Today, the creators of this cornerstone of musical history have long since been accorded legendary status, and the happy meeting of these exceptional artists is rightly deemed a magic moment for the world of the theatre from a contemporary perspective.
In addition to the simultaneously enthralling and deeply moving story, it is Leonard Bernstein’s simply unforgettable compositions such as “Tonight”, “Maria” or “Somewhere” which make West Side Story an absolutely unique experience. Only this internationally exclusively licensed production may bear the name THE ORIGINAL today. After feted guest performances in Tokyo, Beijing, Bangkok and Singapore, the current version, staged by Joey McKneely, one time solo dancer and assistant to the great Jerome Robbins and now a celebrated director and choreographer in his own right, will be coming to selected theatres in Ludwigsburg, Vienna, Paris, Zurich and Leipzig during the course of the 50th Anniversary World Tour.