April 4 - 16

West Side Story

Broadway/Musical Theater, Ordway Music Theater

Approximate Run-time: 2 hr 40 min with intermission

Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this classic retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theater’s finest accomplishments. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York City in the 1950s, where two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever, and the score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written, and highlights the talents of a diverse young ensemble cast with an exciting, sophisticated score that features unforgettable songs (“Tonight,” “Maria,” “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty”) that have become part of the nation’s musical heritage.

This Ordway production will be brought to life through a collaboration with Teatro del Pueblo, designed to deepen the impact of the arts through a series of activities that build equitable relationships, lift communities, and engage diverse artists in professional development and relationship building. The work creates a new paradigm that builds on the commitment of Taking Our Place Centerstage.

An Ordway Production

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Directed by Bob Richard
Choreographed by Diane Laurenson
Musical Direction by Raymond Berg

Produced by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Jamie Grant, President and CEO
James A. Rocco, Producing Artistic Director
in collaboration with
Teatro del Pueblo
Alberto Justiniano, Artistic Director

Ordway Pre-Show Extra

Communities in Conflict

Wednesday, Apr 15 & Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017
6:30pm | Marzitelli Foyer

Prior to all Wednesday night Musical Theater Series performances, join us for a behind-the-scenes look into the issues that intersect with the production’s social relevance. These 30 minute “happenings” may delve into a show’s historical background and significance; let you in on some of the technical wizardry that makes our productions so spectacular; explore a show’s social issues and themes; or all of the above. You may experience a mini-concert, discussion, or lecture, and you will certainly gain an enhanced Ordway experience!

Post-Show Talk-Back

Wednesday, Apr 5 & Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017
Post-show | Marzitelli Foyer

After the Wednesday night Musical Theater Series performance and each Dance Series performance, audiences are invited to join members of the show’s cast, creative team, and dance company members in the Marzitelli Foyer for a 20 minute Q & A “Talk-Back”.