Jets battle Sharks in ‘West Side Story’ at La Mirada Civic Theater

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. And you can see it live on stage at La Mirada Civic Theater through May 14.

As powerful, poignant, and timely as ever, the thrilling Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score remains one of the best ever written.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are transported to modern-day New York City, caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Reviewer Erich Marchese of the Orange County Register liked the production.

“The best productions play to the fact that the 1957 musical is hugely a product of its time and place. By doing exactly that, La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Productions forges a definitive production of the landmark show.

“The mixture of drama, romance, tension and comedy is as bittersweet as ever, and director Richard Israel’s superlative staging also fully realizes the tension and the fascinatingly complex dynamic of who is considered the native or insider who belongs versus who’s the newcomer/outsider who doesn’t.

“In every major musical number from the prologue, “Jet Song,” “Tonight” and “America” to “One Hand, One Heart,” “The Rumble,” and the “Tonight (Quintet),” John Todd’s exciting choreography leaps off the stage.”

Here’s the rest of his review.

Times

  • Wed. and Thurs. at 7:30 pm
  • Fridays at 8 pm
  • Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Sundays at 2 pm
  • Tickets: $20 – $70 Discounts for Groups, Seniors, Students are available.To purchase you may call the Box Office at 562.944.9801 or ORDER ONLINE.

    *Audience Talk-Back sessions with the cast will be Wednesday, May 10.

    ASL interpreted performance: Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm.

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