The story tells the tale of two rival New York gangs, the Jets & the Sharks, who battle for control of the harsh streets of the upper west side. Then things get complicated as a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. As you can imagine, things get messy and the whole thing unfolds into a modern day Romeo & Juliet tale.
What I really loved was that this production gives this musical, which was originally released back in 1961, a completely fresh & modern feel. With captivating set changes, vibrant costumes & even a moving stage, it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout. Trust me.
Directed by Matthew Wild (you’ll know him from Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret & Funny Girl) & featuring local talents like Bianca Le Grange, Daniel Mpilo Richards & Lynelle Kenned as well as a very cute American boy, Kevin Hack, as Tony – the boy who falls in love with Maria – this show is definitely a must see.If you haven’t yet booked your tickets, what are you waiting for??? There are only (just under) 3 weeks left!
- When: until 22 April 2018
- Where: The Artscape Theatre Opera House – D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
- Time: 8pm (duration: 2h 30min – with one interval included)
- Tickets: R150 – R470 and available via Computicket over here.
I haven’t yet been to the London’s West End, but I have seen a show on Broadway and I can tell you very honestly that this production is on par (if not better). It’s most definitely money well spent.