West Side Story at The Toronto Centre for the Arts

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May 8 - June 3, 2012
Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Photo Credits: Carol Rosegg

Fifty five years ago, a contemporary musical adaptation of Romeo & Juliet premiered on Broadway and changed the face of musical theatre forever. Dancap Productions presents the first national tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story running from May 8 - June 3, 2012 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Combining operatic vocals with ballet inspired dancing, The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest featuring songs from the play like the famous gang scene with 'The Jet Song', 'Something's Coming', 'Tonight', 'America' 'I Feel Pretty' and the unforgettable and haunting 'Somewhere'. Although Tony (Ross Lekites) and Maria (Evy Ortiz) are obviously the stars of the ensemble, Anita (Michelle Arevena) and Riff (Drew Foster) Bernardo (German Santiago) held the audience captive as well.

With a full cast of over 30 performers (not counting swing) the entire production had the original choreography of Jerome Robbins, world renowned as a choreographer of ballets created for the New York City Ballet, Ballets U.S.A., American Ballet Theatre and other international companies. His work is characterized by the intensity and compactness of its expression, its wide variety of mood, whether it be rhapsodic, introspective, poignant or hilarious. He had the ability to make the most complex movement appear effortless, and totally reflective of the musical score, as if it were created spontaneously for that exact period of time.

West Side Story is a production that stands the test of time. The dancing, costuming and presentation are stunning; add the vocals and it can take your breathe away.

As the theatre emptied out on what was media opening night, the crowd was singing and dancing their way up the aisles to the exits, and we all know Canadian audiences don't react that way often.

From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time.