West Side Story

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A musical based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and set in Manhattan's West Side/Hell's Kitchen in the mid-1950s. The book is by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. First produced on Broadway in 1957, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. In 1961 Robert Wise’s film version captured world attention.

South African productions

1970: The first stage production in South Africa produced and choreographed by Kip Andrews for the Hymie Udwin's Academy Theatre at the Alexander Theatre in 1970. It starred Michael Harrison, Patricia Arnell, Lynton Burnes and Richard Loring, Delia Sainsbury and Keith Galloway while Anthony Farmer did the set design and Paul Jannsen was the stage director. It eventually moved to the Empire Theatre and then to Cape Town.

1996: Presented by the Playhouse Company in assciation with PACT Opera and CAPAB. Director and choreographer Alan Johnson, starring Robert Finlayson, Juanita Kruger with Joe Clark, Samantha Peo, Neville Thomas, Dale Cutts and a host of SA's top performers.

2013: The Playhouse Company in the Opera Theatre, Durban, from 22 November to 29 December 2013. Directed by Ralph Lawson,

2015: Produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre at ArtsCape in July and August, directed by Matthew Wild, with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot, a full cast of 40 and accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The leading cast members included Jonathan Roxmouth, Lynelle Kenned, Bianca le Grange, Christopher Jaftha, and Daniel Buys.


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