July 3, 2011
'West Side Story' What: Screening of remastered film, score performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor David Newman Where: Hollywood Bowl When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Tickets: $11 to $158 Information: (323) 850-2000 or http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
September 25, 1997 |
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical "West Side Story." The reasons for the show's continuing popularity and, more important, its relevance are evident in the national touring production that stops this week for three nights at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
July 31, 2012 |
"Well they began it!" snarled the Jets perched on the scaffolding that lines the Chance Theater's long, narrow shoe box of a performance space. Facing them off - and in spitting distance of the audience - the Sharks echoed in return: "Well they began it!" This group-hiss propelled "Tonight," one of 11 fresh and lucid song-and-dance numbers that choreographer Kelly Todd has laced into the Anaheim Hills theater's critically lauded production of "West Side Story" (extended to Aug. 19). Tasked by Chance director Oanh Nguyen to garnish his update of the theater classic by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents with in-your-face dance numbers, the 20-year musical theater veteran and a UCLA theater grad, found herself boxed in. Not only was Todd's 12-foot wide, 30-foot long working area hugely constrained but she was thrust in the shadow of a genius.
November 16, 2002
"West Side Story" (1961) will screen Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, as part of an ongoing series of special events organized to keep the theater operating. The landmark Streamline Moderne theater was built to serve World War II aerospace industry workers, and its screenings were scheduled to accommodate round-the-clock work shifts. Tickets for the benefit are $20 and include a wine and cheese buffet. Information: (310) 395-4990.
January 22, 1989
West Side Story took an early lead and paced to victory with the fastest mile of the meet in the featured $8,000 invitational Saturday at Los Alamitos. Irresistible Magic, the 2-1 favorite, held a clear advantage until the far turn. West Side Story and Steve Desomer quickly closed the gap and came up on the outside at the top of the lane. Irresistible Magic held on gamely, but West Side Story went by and finished in 1:55 4/5, 1 3/5 faster than his previous best.
January 25, 1996 |
Almost everyone knows about "West Side Story," but fully professional productions of it are rare. This week Pasadena Civic Auditorium hosts one of them, and musical theater fans should take note. Yes, this is the same touring production that played Orange County in October, to discouraging reviews, then in Palm Desert, San Diego, San Francisco. But the leaders of the Jets, Tony and Riff, are played by different actors than the ones reviewed in Costa Mesa.