October 18, 2008

Are you ready to rumble?


Tickets for the 2009 revival of West Side Story go on sale today. The show is scheduled to begin previews on 23 February at the Palace Theatre, with opening night on the 19th of March. It will have an out of town engagement at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. (where the original production premiered in 1957) from 15 December 2008 to 17 January 2009.

Directed by Arthur Laurents, they will retain Jerome Robbins' original choreography. According to this blog, Mr. Laurents "intends to give the show more verisimilitude, including making the kids more realistically bloodthirsty, and the central lovers Maria and Tony more sexually driven. He also plans to weave Spanish throughout more of the dialog and lyrics."

The cast hasn't been announced yet, although Argentina's La Nacion newspaper reported that Josefina Scaglione will portray Maria.

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