Theatre Royale presents ‘West Side Story’ at Pechanga

TEMECULA – Theatre Royale presents three performances of “West Side Story” Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, in Temecula.

“West Side Story,” originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and based off the book by Arthur Laurents, is a triumphant legend where love transcends language, time and place. While Manhattan’s west side rumbles with the clash of Jets and Sharks, Maria and Tony seek “a somewhere” their romance can thrive. In the revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents bring their award-winning genius to the immortal story of star-crossed lovers caught in a turf war of rival ethnic gangs.

With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “West Side Story” features guest artists Tamara Rodriguez and Tanner Vidos as Maria and Tony, Sean Kiralla as Riff, Matthew Ryan as Bernardo, Candace Carbajal as Anita, Billy Clebeck as Doc, Coley McAvoy as Lt. Schrank, Adam Trent as Action and Madisen Fragosa as Rosalia. Theatre Royale’s production is directed by Scott King with assistance of dance director Sarah Cleveland and dance captains Sean Kiralla and Matthew Ryan. Musical direction is by Barbara Chiofalo, production management is by Carolyn King, scenic design is by Stephen Gifford, costume design is by Trudee Stevens, lighting design is by Shane Pritchard and sound design is by Austin Hill. Stage manager is Skyelar Nalley.

This landmark musical bravely addressed dark social issues, while introducing sophisticated music and extended dance scenes. It’s now seen as a major turning point which gave the musical a new and broader definition. The Grammy-winning score includes “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “America,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Jet Song” and “Cool.”

From the first notes to the final breath, “West Side Story” is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written.

The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is a most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas.

For tickets, call (877) 711-2946. The box office is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., and on show or event days, it is open noon to 10 p.m. Tickets can also be purchase online anytime at www.pechanga.com/entertain/west-side-story-the-broadway-musical.

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