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West Side Story

Prague Congress Centre (Kongresové centrum Praha), 5. května 65, Praha 4 - Nusle, 140 00


25. 3. 2017
15.00 a 19.30
26. 3. 2017

Provocative finger snapping of street gangs, howling police sirens, Puerto Rican girls’ whirling skirts on New York City’s flat roofs, everlasting love and fateful conflict playing out across derelict West Side backyards.

Just a few notes of Leonard Bernstein’s turbulent score, featuring songs such as Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, immediately evoke these images. Images of cool guys and hot girls during a late summer in Manhattan. Images of mambo, jazz and rock’n’roll that shakes you to the core, where love is blind to obstacles or consequences.

The 1957 Broadway premiere of West Side Story redefined the genre of the musical both musically and in terms of dance. The film version, awarded ten Oscars, brought it to an audience of millions. To this day it is the undisputed Number 1 of American musical theatre: daring, realistic, and as relevant as it was on the day of its premiere. West Side Story, one of the most successful stage shows of all time, is finally arriving to the Czech Republic — The Prague Congress Centre — in an award-winning production. It is the only production of the musical in the world that features Jerome Robbins’ original choreography.

Nobody had translated youthful desires, fears, and swagger into dance as timelessly and authentically as Jerome Robbins did in his choreography for West Side Story. And no choreographer before him had achieved anything close to it artistically. For it was not only Leonard Bernstein who braved unchartered waters at the time with his score. Robbins did the same, making his choreography an integral part of the story. Only in the interplay of the two elements — Bernstein’s music and Robbins’ choreography — does West Side Story reveal its true power. To present both as of one piece is a special project. The choreographer Joey McKneely, Jerome Robbins’ former protégé, has achieved this goal in spectacular fashion...

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