I have been looking forward to this show for the last 8 months – and finally The Fugard Theatre’s smash hit musical West Side Story is on it’s way to Johannesburg by popular demand! Yes please.
The season will run from 24 January to 5 March 2017, and features an all South African cast of 40, which is led by stage stars Jonathan Roxmouth (Tony), Lynelle Kenned (Maria), Bianca Le Grange (Anita), Stephen Jubber (Riff) and Christopher Japhta (Bernardo).
Accompanied by a live orchestra playing Bernstein’s magnificent score that includes unforgettable songs like “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight”.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the tale is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid-1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are taunted by the Jets. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and the focus on social conflict marked a turning point in American musical theatre.
West Side Story is a must-see that is guaranteed to be a highlight on Johannesburg’s 2017 theatre calendar.
Dates: 24 January to 5 March 2017
Venue: The Joburg Theatre
Bookings: Computicket or 0861 915 8000 advance booking is highly recommended. The producers recommend an age restriction of 12 years with parental guidance. To book go CLICK HERE
Ticket prices range from R 190 – R 470