Musical theater classic 'West Side Story' coming to Eisenhower on Nov. 19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of "West Side Story" comes to the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

The show is sold out, but a few tickets might become available as the date of the presentation nears. For ticket availability, call the Arts Ticket Center at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX.

"West Side Story" tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. "West Side Story" soars as one of the greatest love stories of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

The Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score is considered one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theater as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

The show “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical,” wrote an Associated Press critic. “Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

“The true stars of 'West Side Story' are Jerome Robbins’ graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard,” wrote a reviewer for Variety. “The music is a primal force.”

Three theatrical luminaries created West Side Story: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy award winners Bernstein (music) and Sondheim (lyrics).

"West Side Story" features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle. 

The show is recommended for ages 13 and older. It includes strong language, violence and some sensitive subject matter true to the story. Parental guidance is suggested. A small portion of the lyrics and dialogue in this revival production are in Spanish. It’s not necessary to understand Spanish to comprehend the story. 

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring two "West Side Story" cast members, will be offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Kish Bank sponsors the presentation. FOX 8 and ABC 23 are the media sponsors.

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Last Updated November 07, 2013