New York’s Upper West Side, mid-1950s: two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are fighting to divvy up the territory. Against a backdrop of hate and intolerance, a love story blossoms between Tony and Maria, who belong to rival groups. Like a New York version of Romeo and Juliet, the two young people live out a star-crossed romance that can only end in tragedy. Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story made its debut in Washington in 1957; from there it went to Broadway, where it become one of the most beloved and widely performed shows, still today. To mark the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, West Side Story will be performed in Florence in a production overseen by Federico Bellone, in a new adaptation of Franco Travaglio’s libretto and with Jerome Robbins’ original choreography reproduced by Fabrizio Angelini.
West Side Story
Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins
Libretto Arthur Laurents
Music Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Original version with dialogues in Italian
Originally produced on Broadway by E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince in partnership with Roger L. Stevens
West Side Story is a WEC - World Entertainment Company production, presented thanks to an agreement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Direction and staging
Maria Chiara Donato
Coordinator of original choreography
Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Choir conductor Lorenzo Fratini