West Side Story

West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein


Book: Arthur Laurents
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim after William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
First Performance:  Washington D.C., August 20, 1957
First Peformance at the Israeli Opera: September 2, 2009

Original Direction and Choreography Jerome Robbins

Conductor           Donald Chan
Revival Director and Choreographer Joey McKneelly
Set Designer Paul Gallis
Costume Designer Renate Schmitzer
Lighting Designer Peter Halbsgut


Soloists and dancers of the international tour  (Broadway and West End)

Maria           Ali Ewoldt
Kendall Kelly
Tony Chad Hilligus
Scott Sussman
Anita Oneika Phillips
Bernardo Emmanuel De Jesus Silva
Riff Michael Jablonski
Doc Steve Brady
Officer Krupke Chris Van Vleet
Chino Antonio Jumenez

Raanana Symphonette Orchestra
Sung in English
Surtitles in Hebrew
Surtitles: Ehud Manor

Length of performance: approx. two and a half hours

The 50th anniversary production of Bernstein's most operatic musical comes to Israel, as part of its worldwide tour replete with “I Feel Pretty”, “Tonight” and “America”!.


Production's Album
Photos: Yossi Zwecker        

Further Reading:

Remebering Lenny
The History of West Side Story


Wed 2.9.09 (20:00), Thurs 3.9.09 (20:00), Fri 4.9.09 (13:00, 21:00),

Sat 5.9.09 (16:00, 21:00), Mon 7.9.09 (20:00), Tues 8.9.09 (20:00),

Wed 9.9.09 (20:00), Thurs 10.9.09 (20:00), Fri 11.9.09 (13:00, 21:00),

Sat 12.9.09 (21:00), Sun 13.9.09 (20:00), Mon 14.9.09 (20:00),


"This show is one of the towering achievements of musical theatre of the last century. It makes your spine tingle and heart sing." (The Guardian)

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