The Fugard Theatre’s ‘memorable masterpiece’ returns to Cape Town in March 2018
West Side Story, a production by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, exploded on to the Cape Town stage in the winter of 2015 and due to overwhelming demand, will return to the Artscape Opera House stage for one final season in South Africa, opening in March 2018.
This glorious multiple award-winning musical, regarded by many as the “best ever written” when it first premiered on Broadway in 1957, is based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins with the book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
The Fugard Theatre has worked with the finest South African creative talent on this production, bringing together the same award-winning core creative team behind their productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret and Funny Girl. Matthew Wild is director, Charl-Johan Lingenfelder is musical director and conductor and Louisa Talbot is the choreographer. With a full orchestra in the pit and an outstanding cast of 40, West Side Story is going sweep Capetonians off their feet to once again in 2018. The extended dynamic dance scenes and iconic songs such as “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight”, all set to Bernstein’s magnificent score, makes for riveting theatre.
West Side Story is set on the harsh streets of the Upper West Side neighbourhood of New York City in the mid-1950s and is inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragic, ageless tale of Romeo and Juliet. Rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, battle in a turf-war to gain control of the neighbourhood. It gets complicated and tensions rise when Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo who is the leader of the Sharks.
When this grand-scale masterpiece first premiered in the Mother City and Johannesburg it astounded audiences and sold out quickly. It is clearly a production that is not to be missed and advance booking is highly recommended.
7 March 2018 – 1 April 2018
Artscape Opera House, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Available through Computicket, Artscape Dial-a-Seat 0214217695 or the Fugard Theatre Box Office 021 461 455