Presented by Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
WEST SIDE STORY in Concert
Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS
Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS
Originally Produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens
Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International
The curtain may have been down since March 2020, but the show must, and will - go on! Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is thrilled to announce a special concert of the much- loved musical, WEST SIDE STORY. Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as part of the pilot Live Performance Support Scheme, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are delighted to welcome back a limited live audience for two socially distanced performances only, on Sunday 1st August 2021.
This concert performance of WEST SIDE STORY will be the first in-house production and the first performance in front of a live audience in nearly 18 months at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The two scheduled performances on Sunday 1 August will employ 71 industry professionals including an exciting cast of established Irish musical theatre performers and a new generation of rising stars!
Leading the cast of home-grown talent will be Gavin Ryan and Leah Barniville who will play star-crossed lovers: Tony and Maria. Brian Gilligan will play Riff, Clare Ivory; Anita, Johnny Ward; Action and Nassim Missaoui will be Bernardo. The exciting, supporting cast also includes DonKing Rongavilla, Rob Vickers, Brian Murray, Michael Joseph, Oisín Nolan-Power, James Deegan, Tom Moran, Jordan Bass, Alex Glennon, Phoebe Dipple, Amy Penston, Yasmine Missaoui, Clodagh Long and Sinéad O’Donovan. The production will be directed by Claire Tighe and the show’s Musical Director will be David Hayes.
Stephen Faloon, General Manager, of Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, said: “This is a first in-house production for Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and we’d like to thank the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their kind support in helping us keep the magic of theatre alive. We are so excited to be working with an array of diverse Irish talent, creatives, and crew and of course thrilled to welcome back a limited live audience through our doors once more! “
WEST SIDE STORY based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein with Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim changed the course of musical theatre when it opened on Broadway in 1957 and it remains one of the most successful stage shows of all time. The 1961 film version won ten Academy Awards. The score includes the unforgettable songs ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, and ‘America’. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, WEST SIDE STORY is set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs: The Jets and The Sharks. When Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the feud takes on a new dimension, and as their love blossoms so begins a journey overshadowed by violence and fatal misunderstanding.
This event features depictions of violence (including death) and mildly distressing situations on stage. Recommended for ages 12+.
All prices include a €1 facilities fee per ticket. Bookings are subject to service charges.