Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, the creators and producers of other outstanding runaway hits like The Rocky Horror Show, Kat & the Kings, Orpheus in Africa and Cabaret, have created a phenomenal 100% South African production on an unprecedented grand-scale that has left audiences mesmerised night after night. West Side Story is the Fugard Theatre’s first out of house production.
What is it?
West Side Story is based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins, and is arguably one of the world’s greatest musicals. The Fugard Theatre team has selected the finest South African talent for this production that first premiered on Broadway in New York in 1957. The superb cast of 40 is backed by a live Philharmonic Orchestra playing Bernstein’s magnificent score which includes the world famous songs “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 from 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 2016 theatre calendar!
When is it?
Tuesday, 09 August to Sunday, 18 September 2016.
Where is it?
Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre, Biccard Street, Braamfontein. Parking is located at the corner of Simmonds and Stiemens Streets.
How much is it?
Early-bird tickets are now on sale through Computicket or 0861 915 8000.
The Fugard Theatre is offering an incredible discount for the first 9 performances. Premium priced tickets (usually R450 per ticket) will cost only R350 each for the first 9 performances. Thereafter, all normal ticket prices and discounts will apply. Given how the Cape Town season sold out – booking in advance is highly recommended.
For more information
For more information about West Side Story, call the Fugard Theatre on (021) 461 4554, visit the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com, or get all the latest news on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.