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TriStar Pictures cast:
SHIRLEY MACLAINE as Ouiser, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS as Clairee, SALLY FIELDS as
M'Lynn, JULIA ROBERTS as Shelby, DARYL HANNAH as Annelle,
and DOLLY PARTON as Truvy
Conceived and Originally
Directed & Choreographed by
Assistant Direction by
MATTHEW A. MASTROMATTEO
Music Direction by
JORDAN B. STOCKSDALE
WEST SIDE STORY
June 12 - August 8, 2015
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is
transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find
themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the
Puerto Rican Sharks. 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.
West Side Story opened on Broadway in the fall of 1957. Behind
the production were some of the most legendary Broadway talents at the time
-- Leonard Bernstein (music), Arthur Laurents (book), and Jerome Robbins
(direction and choreography). It was also the Broadway debut of
Stephen Sondheim, who would go on to become one of the most popular
composers of today. The production ran for over 700 performances,
nearly two years, before it closed and went on tour in 1959. Following
the tour, the production returned to its Broadway home, the Winter Garden
Theatre, and ran for an additional 253 performances. Prior to its New
York opening, West Side Story had its original try-out in Washington,
The show opened to positive reviews and garnered six Tony Award nominations,
including one for Best Musical. It ended up taking home two Tonys; one
for Best Choreography and another for Best Scenic Design.
In 1961, a motion picture adaptation of West Side Story was released.
It was such a success, the movie became the second highest grossing film of
the year and won 10 of the eleven Academy Awards for which it was nominated,
including Best Picture.
This summer's production will mark West Side Story's first appearance
at Way Off Broadway and its return to Frederick after well over a
decade. This is everyone's chance to see for themselves what has made
this show such a part of our entertainment culture over the last 50 years.