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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book:Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original Choreographer: Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Lu Greer   When West Side Story was first staged in the 50s, it not only brought a fresh and contemporary feel to the classic Shakespearian tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but it breathed a new life into the musical scene itself. By ...

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West Side Story – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original choreography by Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Abbie Rippon When first produced in the 1950’s, West Side Story was seen as innovative, ‘setting a new template for the modern musical.’ Based on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story brought this tale of star crossed ...

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West Side Story – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Leornard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Chris Williams West Side Story is constantly being voted in the top – if not number one – in lists of musicals. With the Broadway dream-team of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurent’s book based on William Shakespeare’s play, this is one musical that is still relevant ...

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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 – 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 – 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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