To celebrate its 50th anniversary, West Side Story, the show which changed the course of musical theatre when it opened on Broadway in 1957, is back on tour, arriving at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Tuesday 5 May and staying until Saturday 16 May.
The show has been re-staged, directed and choreographed afresh by Joey McKneely, former assistant to original choreographer Jerome Robbins.
Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, West Side Story explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs; one white, the other Puerto Rican. When Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the feud takes on a new dimension, and as their love blossoms so begins a fatal journey overshadowed by violence and hatred.
Based on Romeo and Juliet and focusing on social issues, the extended dance scenes songs include ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’, and ‘I Feel Pretty’.
Head to the Festival Theatre website for booking details.
Updated 6 May: Read the itsonitsgone review of West Side Story.