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West Side Story
a Musical
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Stephen Sondheim

COMPANY : Center Theatre of the MJCCA
VENUE : Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta [WEBSITE]
ID# 4019

SHOWING : July 27, 2011 - August 07, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Show Dates:
Wednesday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m.

West Side Story is an American musical with a script by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The musical is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a white working-class group.[1] The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical has become extremely popular; it includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "Cool".

The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Stephen Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances (a successful run for the time), before going on tour. The production received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical in 1957, but the award went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man. It won a Tony Award in 1957 for Robbins' choreography. The show had an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals and international productions. The production spawned an innovative, award-winning 1961 musical film of the same name, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and David Winters. It won ten Academy Awards out of eleven nominations. The stage musical is produced frequently by schools, regional theatres, and occasionally by opera companies.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director/Dance Choreographer Eileen Edwards
Director/Fight Choreographer Brian Kimmel
Sound Design Ben Abelman
Crew Max Abelman
Lighting Design Jacob Alexander
Stage Manager Mariah Berkowitz
Props Design Maggie Blaeser
Assistant Stage Manager Brooke Caperton
Stage Manager Jody Cohen
Music Director Annie Cook
Floor Crew Ebeth Engquist
Assistant Stage Manager Maddie Fay
Production Manager Miranda Flack
Assistant Stage Manager Reagan Gravley
Fight Choreographer Brian Kimmel
Assistant Director Mary Malloy
Costume Design and Creation Elaine Reynell
Set Design Bryan Smith
Keyboard Anne Cook
Anybodys Caroline Bagley
Luis JaQuan Beachem
Dorothy Libby Blaeser
A-Rab Brian Brandt
Betty Victoria Budden
Pauline Cara Caputo
Rosalia Thainara Carvalho
Chino Chris Davidson
Graziella (Jets Dance Captain) Kristen Edwards
Nibbles Gil Eplan-Frankel
Velma Courtney Feiman
Daniella Maital Gottfried
Lt. Schrank Chris Kaiser
Riff Thaddeus H. Kolwicz III
Action Ian L'Ecuyer
Minnie Julianne Lang
Consuela (Sharks Dance Captain) Sylvee Leggee
Valeria Jessie Mann
Estella Bailey Moran
Diane Kaitlyn Reynell
Juan Jordan Rich
Miguel Eric Rich
Francisca Lauren Richards
Teresita Arielle Rogoff
Officer Krupke Michael Rowland
Bernardo Alex Sherwin
Glad Hand John Sherwin
Tony William Stanley
Anita Savannah Stein
Maria Jo Jo Steine
Margarita Bronte Upshaw
Baby John Ryan Walden
Big Deal Kristian Young
Doc Steve Young
Susan Carly Zucker
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