West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA Tickets
West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA brings you the modern day Romeo and Juliet in all its poignancy and brilliance. The musical is composed by Leonard Bernstein. Its lyrics have been written by Jerome Robbins and the script has been written by Arthur Laurents.
West Side Story is the American representation of Shakespeare’s popular play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The musical is set in the 1950s and the place of its setting is New York. The story revolves around the bitter enmity that exists between two teenage gangs, The Sharks and the Jets. The Sharks are Puerto Rican and the Jets belong to the white blue-collars. Tony, former leader of the Jets and brother of the current leader Riff, and Maria, sister of Bernardo who is the leader of the Sharks, play the romantic leads. West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA will be related in two acts. The first act begins with police putting a stop to the gangs’ fight. Tony who no longer wants to be a part of the gang life is persuaded by his brother to attend a dance party. He meets Maria at the party and dances with her. It’s love-at-first-sight for both of them. They profess their love after the party. Later, the gangs confront each other. Tony tries to make peace but fight between Riff and Bernardo escalate. Bernardo kills Riff. Enraged, Tony kills Bernardo.
In the second act, Tony and Maria plan to elope. Chino, who had planned to marry Maria, starts looking for Tony. Meanwhile, Tony leaves Maria in Bernardo’s girlfriend, Anita’s care. Anita is abused by the Jets. Consequently, she spreads the rumor of Chino killing Maria. Tony is heartbroken when he hears the news. He goes to ask Chino to kill him too but sees Maria alive. At that moment, he is shot by Chino. Tony dies in Maria’s arms. Maria cries out that hatred is the real enemy. Both gangs then end the feud.
The musical first performed on Broadway in 1957. Harold Prince and Robert E. Griffith produced it. From its very first performance, it was so successful that it was staged for 732 times. Its music which consisted of songs like "Maria", "Something’s Coming", "Tonight", "Cool", "I Feel Pretty", "Jet Song", and "A Boy Like That" became extremely popular. It earned a Tony Award nomination in the category of ‘Best Musical’. Its choreography and scenic designs, though, did win Tony Awards. The show then went on a tour of the US that lasted for more than a year.
In Europe, West Side Story was performed for the first time in 1958 at the Manchester Opera House. West End staged the musical for 1039 times between 1958 and 1961. It then toured the Scandinavian countries. The musical was revived on Broadway in 1980 and was nominated for a Tony Award for the category of best Reproduction. It was once again revived in all its glory in 2008-09 by the efforts of Arthur Laurents. The unique element of the revival was fusion of Spanish lyrics and English libretto. Grammys declared it the ‘Best Musical Show Album’. Considering this, there is no doubt that West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA is going to be a performance worth watching.
West Side Story has made numerous tours of the USA as well as other countries around the world. It toured Israel and Africa in the early 1960s, the UK in 1997, Japan in 1998 and 1999, Hong Kong and another tour of UK in 2000. Its German translation was presented in Austria and Germany in 2003-04. Canada, Philippines and Portugal are some of the other countries where the musical has been performed in the recent years. Now it is coming back to the USA and West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA is a part of the grand tour.
West Side Story is a play that changed the whole perception of theater. Inclusion of numerous songs that are essential to further the story and elaborate dances that aptly convey the feelings of the characters are two trends that we owe to this musical. Though the story seems very familiar, watching the play is essential for theater-goers to understand how this form of entertainment evolved into its present form. Besides its historical significance, West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA is going to be 100% entertainment. Get your West Side Story Paramount Theatre WA tickets to watch innovative and extended choreographed scenes and lovely music that will simply take your breath away.
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