ARC’s 2009 musical production was West Side Story.
West Side Story was written by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The musical has one of the most popular storylines of all time being based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Set in Manhattan’s west side/hell’s kitchen in the mid 1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein’s score has become extremely popular over the years; it includes: Something’s Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, I Feel Pretty, One Hand, One Heart, 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 garnered several Tony Award nominations including Best Musical in 1958 and won the Tony in the same year for Jerome Robbins’ choreography. The show has enjoyed an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals, international success, and spawned an innovative, award-winning 1961 musical film of the same name.
Click here to read a review on ARC’s production ofWest Side Story.
The performance season ran over two weeks and included 7 performances:
- Friday 3rd July: 8pm (Gala – Cocktail Attire Event) Saturday 4th July: 8pm Wednesday 8th July: 8pm Thursday 9th July: 8pm Friday 10th July: 8pm Saturday 11th July: 2pm Saturday 11th July: 8pm
- West Side Story was performed at the Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg.
Producers (ARC Committee)
|Front of House Co-ordinator
|Portia ChiminelloStephen ValeriAnthony Ventura
|Set Construction Manager
|Marcello Lo Ricco
|Assistant Stage Manager
Amelia van Lint