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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Choreographer: Joey McKneely (from original choreography by Jerome Robbins) Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Joan Phillips What happens when you mix young, testosterone charged youths, with guns, knives, fear, hatred, prejudice, poverty and romantically involved lovers from opposing gangs? All it takes is one tiny spark to light the tinder and the ...

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West Side Story – The Grand, Leeds

Creator: Jerome Robbins Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Holly Spanner Inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and billed as the ‘Number 1 Greatest Musical of All Time’ by The Times in 2013, West Side Story is currently touring the UK. The show marked lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway debut when it ...

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West Side Story – Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Southampton’s Mayflower positively burns with the heat of a hot Manhattan night as it welcomes director Joey McKneely version of West Side Story. Based on Jerome Robbins concept of a book by Arthur Laurents and with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim this ever popular musical has become ...

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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 – 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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West Side Story – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director/Choreographer: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Laura Orton [rating:4.5] Set on the downtrodden streets of New York in the 1950's, West Side Story is the much loved musical adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo &Juliet. It is widely known as one of the all time greats of the theatre, and with good reason. In ...

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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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