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West Side Story Comes to the Paramount

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credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

It’s the 55th anniversary of the musical that changed theater forever.

From the first note to the final breath,West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. According to http://www.westsidestory.com, the story is directly based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In 1955, when Arthur Laurents and Leonard Berstein were trying to revamp the story, the newspapers were filled with reports of street riots by Chicano Americans in Los Angeles. Those headlines sparked the imaginations of the collaborators. And in 1957, West Side Story burst onto the stage, art imitating life, imitating art.

Directed by its two-time Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of West Side Story won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

The Paramount Theatre is happy to present West Side Story from Tuesday, January 10 through Sunday, January 15. Tickets are available online or by phone at 877.784.4849. The Paramount does caution that West Side Story contains some mature situations. It is recommended for ages 13 and up.

The Paramount Theatre is located at:
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.stgpresents.org

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