West Side Story


West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein

Romeo and Juliet reach New York in the greatest operatic musical of all time. A vivacious production of Bernstein's timeless adaptation of the star crossed lovers from Verona performed by a young international cast.

Book by Arthur Laurents
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Original production directed by         Jerome Robbins

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


Maria Rachel Zatcoff 31.10, 1.11 (evening), 2.11 (evening), 4.11, 6.11, 8.11 (matinee), 9.11 (matinee)
Jessica Soza 1.11 (matinee), 2.11 (matinee), 5.11, 7.11, 8.11 (evening), 9.11 (evening)
Tony Thaddeus Pearson 31.10, 1.11 (evening), 2.11 (evening), 4.11, 6.11, 8.11 (matinee), 9.11 (matinee)
Anthony Festa 1.11 (matinee), 2.11 (matinee), 5.11, 7.11, 8.11 (evening), 9.11 (evening)
Anita Penelope Armstead-Williams
Bernardo Pepe Munoz 
Riff Mark MacKillop
Doc Doug Rees
Officer Krupke                   Mel Shrawder
Chino Nick Nerio
Lt. Schrank John Wojda
Glad Hand Eric Rolland
Action Luke Hawkins
A-Rab Matthew Couvillon
Diesel Andrew Purcell
Baby John Michael Bullard
Snow Baby Beau Middlebrook
Geetar Nicholas Sipes
Big Deal Brandon Patrick Stonestreet
Pepe Charles South 
Indio Christian Elan Ortiz
Luis Adam Soniak
Anxious Michael Bishop
Nibbles Travante Semale
Moose Armando Yearwood Jr.
Graziella Christie Portera
Velma Dominique
Minnie Alexa de Barr
Clarice Blue Cervini
Anybodys Hannah Balagot
Pauline Melanie Wildman
Rosalia Leslie Jackson
Consuela Na Tonia Monet
Teresita Natalie M. Williams
Francisca Tiffany Mellard
Estella Sheridan Mouawad
Margarita Naomie C. Walley
Dance Captain  Mitchell Woodcock

The Opera Orchestra – The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion
Surtitles in Hebrew
Translation: Ehud Manor

From the repertoire
Sung in English
Duration: Two and a half hours

Day Date Hour back stage tours Opera Talkback
THU 31.10.13 20:00
FRI 1.11.13 13:00
FRI 1.11.13 21:00
SAT 2.11.13 16:00
SAT 2.11.13 20:30
MON 4.11.13 20:00 18:30 After the show
TUE 5.11.13 20:00 18:30 After the show
WED 6.11.13 20:00 18:30 After the show
THU 7.11.13 20:00 After the show
FRI 8.11.13 13:00
FRI 8.11.13 21:00
SAT 9.11.13 16:00

A pre-performance lecture (in Hebrew) is held one hour before every performance. Free admission for tickets holders.


West Side Story

Act I
Upper West Side, New York, 1950s, during the last days of summer.
The fully-danced prolog shows the tension built up between the Jets and the Sharks – two rival gangs in New York’s Upper West Side. The Jets are boys who were born in America, but have Polish roots. The Sharks are Puerto Ricans who have immigrated to the US and are unwanted intruders.

5:00 pm
Riff, the leader of the Jets, swears that he will chase the Sharks from “their” territory. Riff informs his gang that he will challenge Bernardo, the Sharks’ leader, to a fight for dominance at a dance taking place that evening. When You’re A Jet

5:30 pm
Riff asks Tony, his best friend and the co-founder of the Jets, to help him. Tony, who works at Doc’s drugstore, agrees to help even though he feels he has grown out of the gang and dreams of a better future. Something’s Coming

6:00 pm
Maria works with her friend Anita at a bridal shop. Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend, is sewing a dress for Maria to wear to the evening’s dance. Maria, who has only recently come to New York from Puerto Rico, sees this dance as the beginning of her life in America. She, like Tony, is full of hope. Her brother, Bernardo, comes in with Chino. Bernardo has chosen Chino as a husband for Maria.

10:00 pm
In the tense atmosphere between the gangs at the gym dance, Tony and Maria meet for the first time. It is love at first sight. Bernardo notices this, angrily tears the two dancers apart and makes it perfectly clear that they belong to enemy camps. Bernardo tells Chino to take Maria home. Bernardo and Riff hold a council of war at Doc’s drugstore to negotiate the conditions for the fight that will decide everything.

11:00 pm
After Tony finds Maria’s parents’ apartment without being noticed, he calls to her and she comes to the window. Maria

While he sings, Maria appears on the fire escape. They promise to love each other forever and plan to meet in the bridal shop the next day. Tonight

Anita and her friends meet on a rooftop where they exchange conflicting views of their lives in New York. America

The Sharks meet with the Jets. Tony suggests a fair fight without any weapons between the two best fighters from each group. Doc tries to persuade the Jets not to get involved in a street fight. Cool

Next day, 5:30 pm
Maria finds out about the fight from Anita. When Tony comes to the shop as planned, Anita leaves the lovers alone. Maria begs Tony to stop the fight. He promises that he will. Alone between the bridal gowns, Tony and Maria enact their imaginary wedding. One Hand, One Heart

6:00 to 9:00 pm
Everyone is preparing for the fight that night. Reprise of Tonight

9:00 pm
The Jets and Sharks meet under a highway overpass in Manhattan. Tony shows up and makes a futile attempt to mediate at the last minute. The planned fist fight between Bernardo and Diesel degenerates into a battle with everyone fighting. During the fight Bernardo stabs Riff. Tony, enraged over the death of his friend, kills Bernardo. Everyone manages to barely escape the police.
Act II

9:15 pm
Maria is with her friends and is getting ready for her date with Tony.
I Feel Pretty

Chino suddenly bursts into her room and tells her about the horrible result of the fight. Maria, alone again, prays. Tony climbs through her window, tries to explain what happened and begs her to forgive him. He says he will turn himself in to the police. Maria forgives Tony and begs him to stay with her. The lovers sing about their desire to find a place where they could live peacefully without prejudice. Somewhere, There’s A Place For Us

10:00 pm
In a small alley, Krupke the policeman questions the Jets about the murders. The gang makes jokes about him and the police.
Gee, Officer Krupke

Anybodys, a girl who has wanted to be taken into the gang for a long time, reports that Chino has told the Sharks everything about Tony and Maria and has sworn to kill Tony. The Jets go to look for Tony.

11:30 pm
When Anita comes to see Maria, Tony leaves through the window. He agrees to meet with Maria at Doc’s drugstore so they can escape together. Anita finds out that Tony has been with Maria and accuses her of still being in love with her brother’s murderer.
A Boy Like That

Maria admits to her friend that she loves Tony. Then Anita understands that Maria loves Tony as much as she loved Bernardo. I Have a Love

Anita warns Maria that Chino has a weapon and plans to kill Tony. When Schrank, the police lieutenant, comes to question Maria, she asks Anita to go to the drugstore to warn Tony.

11:40 pm
The Jets keep Anita from seeing Tony, who is hiding in the basement. The malicious tirade against Anita gets out of control and the Jets rape her. Doc rescues her. Humiliated and full of hate, she gives them a false message, asking Doc to tell Tony that Chino has killed Maria.

11:50 pm
Doc gives Tony the awful news.

Wild with pain, Tony wanders through the streets looking for Chino. He suddenly sees Maria as she comes towards Doc’s drugstore as planned, and rushes towards her. At this moment, Chino appears and shoots Tony from behind.

The Jets and Sharks come over as Maria kneels over Tony’s body. Maria takes Chino’s weapon but cannot take her own life. Despite her despair and her rage, she is in control of herself and makes an ardent appeal to both gangs against the senselessness of fighting and murder. The Sharks and Jets carry Tony’s dead body off the stage.

Day Date Hour back stage tours Opera Talkback
THU 31.10.13 20:00
FRI 1.11.13 13:00
FRI 1.11.13 21:00
SAT 2.11.13 16:00
SAT 2.11.13 20:30
MON 4.11.13 20:00 18:30 After the show
TUE 5.11.13 20:00 18:30 After the show
WED 6.11.13 20:00 18:30 After the show
THU 7.11.13 20:00 After the show
FRI 8.11.13 13:00
FRI 8.11.13 21:00
SAT 9.11.13 16:00

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