The Broadway revival tour of West Side Story will rumble into in Denver for a holiday run at the Buell Theatre. Performances will be held Dec. 13 through Jan. 1.
The new Broadway production began at the Palace Theatre in New York City in 2009, breaking box office records and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks.
The Broadway production played its final performance Jan. 2 after 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway.
Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway.
The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely.
The new Broadway cast album of West Side Story won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the Bernstein-Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadways finest, with such classics as Somethings Coming, Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere.
The tour features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention and The Whos Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy and Jersey Boys), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy and A Catered Affair) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention).
West Side Story was written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics).
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
The Center for the Performing Arts is the only authorized online seller of tickets for West Side Story.
Currently, there are scalpers, also known as second party vendors, selling tickets online at a rate more than double the standard price and up.
Tickets bought through these vendors may not be valid, which could result in refusal of admittance and loss of investment.