Richmond, get ready for Arthur Laurent’s West Side Story! This unforgettable Broadway musical will run at the Landmark Theater on May 10 and 11, 2013. West Side Story is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and soon Richmond will be able to experience the love once again.
Even decades after it was written,West Side Story is as poignant, powerful, and timeless as ever.
The story follows two unlikely star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony, as they deal with a rise of intolerance and adversity that surrounds them at every turn. The story is set in an Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. For some of the actors, this setting casts the perfect role.
Juan Torres-Falcon plays Chino, a member of the shark gang from Puerto Rico, felt very connected to his character because of his own ethnic background. Growing up very close to his own Cuban heritage, Falcon said being raised in Miami has helped him prepare for the role his whole life. “It’s a bilingual production…my character only speaks in Spanish…I spoke Spanish my entire life in the household, and that gift that my grandparents, my parents gave me of having another language…helped very much with this particular production.”
Falcon has been touring for seven months now and upon reflection believes his role as Chino helps tell his Grandparent’s and other Latino’s stories of coming to America in the early 60’s.
The current Broadway cast album of WSS should excite any fan. It won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is consider to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” Most, if not all, would agree with Variety when they say, “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. The music is a primal force.”
Tickets range from $48 – $73 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at Landmark Theater and Richmond CenterStage box offices, online by clicking here, or charge-by-phone at 1-800-514-3849. ADA seating tickets are available. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Those interested in groups may call 804-592-3401.