It has been announced that Dharon E. Jones will take over the role of Riff in the Broadway revival of West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre. West Side Story began previews on December 10, 2019, with an official opening night now scheduled for February 20, 2020. The role of Riff was originated in the new production by Ben Cook, however Cook has departed the production following an on-stage injury during the evening performance on January 5, 2020.
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Tickets are on sale now for West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre.
“Something’s Coming…” Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove directs a brand new production of the timeless Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim musical West Side Story, featuring - for the first time ever in the United States - all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
West Side Story changed the face of musical theater forever when it debuted on the Great White Way in 1957 and, over six decades later, its score (featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim in his Broadway debut) still features some of the most iconic and best known standards in Broadway history, including the likes of “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.”
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Laurents’ book follows two star-crossed lovers in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York City in the 1950s, where tensions are rising between two rival gangs of different ethnic backgrounds – the Jets and the Sharks. Tony is a former member of the Jets (a Caucasian gang) and best friend of its leader, Riff, whilst Maria is the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks (a gang of Puerto Rican heritage). Tony and Maria fall in love despite the backdrop of social issues, spurred on by racism and violence, and the romantically tragic story unfolds.
This production marks the fifth Broadway revival of the epochal tuner and promises to deliver a West Side Story unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Ever since its genesis and its legendary 1961 film adaptation, the musical has been synonymous with the choreography of Jerome Robbins (who also conceived and directed the Broadway premiere). Introducing American audiences to all-new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is a bold move that hopefully re-invents the essence of West Side Story for a new generation of theatregoers. And speaking of re-invention, when it comes to theatrical innovation, the visionary director Ivo van Hove excels in his field. If his imaginative takes on the Arthur Miller classics A View from the Bridge and The Crucible or the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film “Network” are anything to go by, then West Side Story is in for a makeover of a lifetime.
The lyric “There’s a place for us / Somewhere a place for us…” couldn’t resonate any louder than it does in the current American political and social climate. Yes, “Something’s Coming” for sure. Are you ready for it, America?
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Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story reimagined the most enduring love story ever written as a contemporary musical complete with form-shattering stagecraft and a score for the ages. Now, more than 60 years later, the legacy of that original production, along with subsequent stagings around the globe and the iconic cinematic adaptation, has cemented West Side Story’s place as one the most significant cultural achievements of the 20th century.
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It has been reported that the highly anticipated Broadway revival of West Side Story, directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove, has delayed its official opening by two weeks. This is due to leading man Isaac Powell sustaining a knee injury. Standby Jordan Dobson is currently covering the role of Tony whilst Powell recovers. West Side Story began previews at the Broadway Theatre on December 10, 2019, and will celebrate its opening night on February 20, 2020 (instead of February 6).
"Tonight, tonight, won't be just any night"... because the highly anticipated Broadway revival of West Side Story, directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove, begins previews at the Broadway Theatre! An official opening for this new take on a Broadway classic is scheduled for February 6, 2020. West Side Story, which debuted on Broadway in 1957, features music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Bernstein, Sondheim & Arthur Laurents.