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West Side Story comes to Jozi!

he Fugard Theatre’s smash hit musical West Side Story transfers to Johannesburg by overwhelming popular demand!

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit production of West Side Story will be presented at the Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre) from 24 January to 5 March 2017 by popular demand.

West Side Story, which enjoyed a staggeringly successful, sold-out run at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town earlier this year, is the Fugard Theatre’s first out of house production, five years on from the iconic theatre’s official opening in 2010.

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, the creators and producers of other outstanding runaway hits like The Rocky Horror Show, Kat & the Kings, Orpheus in Africa and Cabaret, have created a phenomenal 100% South African production on an unprecedented grand-scale that has left audiences mesmerised night after night.

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim’s musical theatre masterpiece, is based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins and is arguably one of the world’s greatest musicals. The stellar creative team is headed by Matthew Wild as director, Charl-Johan Lingenfelder as musical director and choreographer Louisa Talbot. The Fugard Theatre team have selected the finest South African talent for this production that first premiered on Broadway in New York in 1957. The superb cast of 40 is backed by a live Philharmonic Orchestra playing Bernstein’s magnificent score which includes the world famous songs “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight”.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the tale is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid-1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are taunted by the Jets. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and the focus on social conflict marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

West Side Story is a must-see that is guaranteed to be a highlight on Johannesburg’s 2017 theatre calendar.

The season will run from 24 January to 5 March 2017 and early-bird tickets are now on sale through Computicket or 0861 915 8000. The Fugard Theatre are offering an incredible discount for the first 9 performances. Premium priced tickets (usually R450 per ticket) will cost only R350.00 each for the first 9 performances. Thereafter all normal ticket prices and discounts will apply.  Given how the Cape Town season sold out – advance booking is highly recommended.

Bookings at Computicket!

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