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Broadway Canada - West Side Story

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave NW) Edmonton Alberta Tuesday, February 18, 2014 More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Directed by David Saint, using Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of West Side Story recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered 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." "So exciting it makes you ache with pleasure" –John Lahr, The New Yorker Pulled directly from the pages of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the musical takes place on New York's West Side in the mid-1950s amidst widespread racial and social tension. The show begins as a war is building between two rival gangs fighting over the same piece of turf: born and bred New York boys, The Jets, and Puerto Rican immigrants The Sharks. In the midst of the battlefield are two young romantics, good-boy Tony, a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind, and wide-eyed Maria, the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo. When Tony and Maria unexpectedly meet and fall for one another, tension between the rival groups only escalates, leading to a bloody and senseless rumble that costs both sides young lives. In spite of the violence, the true story at the core of the show is two lovers trying to find a way to be together—and whether either can survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield. City / Town : Edmonton Event Venue : Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Short Description : The classic American musical returns to the stage! Event Category : Theatre Cost : Varies Where to purchase tickets :  www.ticketmaster.ca… Additional Information : Schedule, Tuesday  8:00PM  , Wednesday  8:00PM, Thursday  8:00PM  , Friday  8:00PM  , Saturday  2:00PM  8:00PM, Sunday  2:00PM  7:30PM More info :  edmonton.broadway.com…. Event Details. Location: 11455 87 Ave NW