Modern-day Adaptation of Shakespeare Classic Comes to Raleigh
North Carolina Theatre is thrilled to close out its 2009 season with West Side Story, the musical drama about gang feuds in the slums of New York. The show will run Saturday, October 17th through Sunday, October 25th in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Hailed by all of the New York and London critics as one of the major achievements in mid-century theatrical history, West Side Story is a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The backdrop of the story is Manhattan, Tony and Maria are Romeo and Juliet. These star-crossed lovers are caught amidst racial tensions and violence as they struggle to stay together.
North Carolina Theatre has assembled an all-star cast for this production.
Josh Young stars as “Tony” in the production. He starred as “Tony” in the National and International Tours of West Side Story and also performed in the National and International Tours of Les Miserables.
Catherine Cheng Jones stars as “Maria.” Originally from North Carolina, Jones is known to NC Theatre audiences from her roles in Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls and Beauty and the Beast.
Leo Ash Evens has been cast as ‘Riff’ and in the West End and National Tour of West Side Story he also played “Riff.” Other National Tour credits include Disney’s on the Record, 42nd Street and Casper the Musical.
Asmeret Ghebremichael will play “ˆ” and has been in the Broadway productions Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Wicked and Footloose. She was also in the original company of In The Heights Off-Broadway and was in the World Premiere of A Little Princess.
Freddy Ramirez is cast as “Bernardo” and appeared in Grease on Broadway and in the National Tours of Grease, A Chorus Line, Peter Pan and Tangol.
West Side Story is “an overwhelming hit!” claims the New York Journal-American. With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story is based on a dance-conception by Jerome Robbins, and the dance numbers are an outstanding element in the show.
Show Dates & Times
- October 17: 8PM
- October 18: 2PM
- October 20-23: 8PM
- October 24: 2 and 8PM
- October 25: 2 and 7PM
Tickets are $26-$76 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Walk ups are also available at the North Carolina Theatre Box Office. For groups of 10 or more, please call 919-831-6941 x6944. For more information on West Side Story, please visit www.nctheatre.com.