West Side Story
There’s a place for us
A time and place for us
Hold my hand and we’re half-way there
Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow, some day, somewhere.
These lyrics from West Side Story are as relevant now as they were when this six time Tony Award winning musical opened on Broadway in 1957; acknowledging how important it is for teenagers to want to create a better place – together.
A stellar Rangi Ruru and Christ’s College company brings energy, vitality and chutzpah to this tale of vicious rivalry, passion, divided loyalty and heartbreak – a story that reverberates through the generations, from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the countless tragedies of intolerance in today’s world. Youthful desires, fears and swagger are as ubiquitous now as they were back in 1950s America.
In a sweltering New York summer, the boys from the Upper West Side are on the prowl. Ready to explode at any moment, they dance with their girls, the air vibrating with the rhythms of mambo, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. The beats belong to two enemy street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – ruling the immigrant quarter … and a clash is imminent.
The Jets, first generation New Yorkers, are fighting the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Sharks, for domination of the streets. Among them, Tony, a Jet, and Maria, sister to the leader of the Sharks, fall in love.
Let us take you there...
Four performances only, from Wednesday 16 May