West Side Story at Phillips Center, Nov. 27 and 28

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story is coming to the Phillips Center for two nights – at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28.

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as Something’s Coming, Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere.

The production marks the touring debut of 2011 University of Florida graduate Thaddeus Pearson, who will play “Federico” of the Sharks. Pearson was recently nominated for a Broadway World award for his role in Meet Me In St. Louis (Gretna Theatre).

The Associated Press says West Side Story “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” Variety says, “The true stars of West Side Story are Jerome Robbins’ graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”

West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut.

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle.

Tickets are on sale and available for this performance and start at $30 (only $15 for UF students). Call 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll free within Florida), or visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu for more information.


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To Purchase tickets, call the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll-free within Florida) or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 (toll-free). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phillips Center Box Office, the University Box Office at the University of Florida Reitz Union or from any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted.

UF students may purchase $15 tickets (with a valid student ID) at the Phillips Center Box Office and the University Box Office at the Reitz Union or by calling 352-392-ARTS (2787). Non-UF students may purchase discounted student tickets (in the balcony) at the Phillips Center Box Office.

For interviews and other press inquiries, please contact Todd Taylor at 352-273-2483 or ttaylor@performingarts.ufl.edu.

Performance dates, times and programs are subject to change.