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West Side Story, The Musical

We're super chuffed that West Side Story is on at Curve - it's hands down one of the greatest musicals ever! Here are a few reasons to watch it right now and how you can bag yourself a pair of tickets.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve imagined myself as Maria singing ‘I feel Pretty‘ from the iconic musical West Side Story. So when I found out that it’s on at Curve this Christmas (23 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020), I was bursting with excitement to go watch it and now, you can join me.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet and features a timeless score including Tonight and America, the production is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicals ever written.

Fancy watching it? Here are just a few reasons to watch it plus, how to bag yourself a pair of tickets.

1 The talent

The musical will be directed by non other than Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster. He’s been responsible for recent hit productions like White Christmas and Grease (touring the UK). The production is also bringing together the likes of Ellen Kane, who was associate choreographer on Matilda the Musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Billy Elliot The Musical and Sister Act to name a few. If that wasn’t enough, Tony award-winning orchestrator, composer, musical director and pianist, the mighty Sarah Travis is in charge of music so you know it’ll be a corker. I can’t wait to hear the musical score to America!

2 The set design

Michael Taylor is really raising the bar for this one. His previous work has been nominated for an Olivier Award and has been really excited to work on this production. The depiction of New York in the 1950s will be part war zone, part playground and will use every inch of Curve’s magnificent main stage.

3 It’s festive

The classic musical will be the theatre’s Made at Curve Christmas production for the year and will run until January. It’s the perfect show to watch with the family especially if you’re not a fan of pantos and ballets.

4 The young cast 

Adriana Ivelisse and Carly Mercedes-Dyer have been cast to play the strong female roles of Maria and Anita respectively. Ivelisse is a Puerto Rican native so is ideal for the role and is also a 2019 Spotlight Prize finalist – she’ll be making her professional UK debut in the production. Her vocals have given me goosebumps already and I can’t wait to hear the full version of Tonight and her duet with Jamie Muscato who plays Tony.

Fancy winning a par of tickets* to watch this amazing production?


*Please note, the tickets are for the 7.30pm showing at Curve on Friday 29 November 2019.

Curve, 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB. Tel: 0116 242 3560

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