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West Side Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can be few musicals more iconic than West Side Story. First produced on Broadway in 1957, it is well known for its extended balletic dance sequences choreographed by Jerome Robbins, sublime music from Leonard Bernstein and intelligent lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. And what is ...

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West Side Story – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Writer: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Choreography: Joey McKneely (Based on original work by Jerome Robbins) Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondhein Reviewer: Michelle Haynes It’s hard to believe that when it was originally written West Side Story had a rough battle to get accepted by producers or even gain funding. Now regarded as a classic, Joey McKneely takes us ...

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West Side Story – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Pete Benson Probably the best musical ever written; West Side Story. An iconic musical with a huge weight of history bearing down on it. Not least because of the artistic giants that created it, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and choreographer Jerome Robbins who arguably between them reinvented ...

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West Side Story – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director/Choreographer: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The glorious finished product that West Side Story became is extraordinary considering how fraught the relationship between the show's tyrannical director Jerome Robbins (whose choreography is re-produced on this tour by his former assistant Joey McKneely) and the creative team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen ...

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NEWS: West Side Story set to make a triumphant return to Glasgow in January

Direct from a sell-out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells and following international critical acclaim, West Side Story returns to Glasgow with a fresh new cast in January. Leading the talented new cast is Katie Hall as Maria and Louis Maskell as her star-crossed lover Tony. Katie has most recently played Christine in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera ...

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West Side Story – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:3] Many musicals of this scale and magnitude would usually get at least a week in front of an audience before being subjected to the critical eye of the press, a shame that the producers didn’t see the need for that to happen with this ...

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NEWS: Katie Hall leads cast in West Side Story revival.

Katie Hall is to lead the cast in the forthcoming UK 50th Anniversary tour of West Side Story in the rôle of Maria, with Louis Maskell as her star-crossed lover Tony. Hall has most recently finished playing the rôle of Christine in the 25th Anniversary production of Phantom of the Opera and prior to the Cossette also in the 25th ...

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