West Side Story
[Dancers] Originally the idea was to have an updated Romeo and Juliet story about the ill-fated romance between a Jewish boy and a Catholic girl. But when Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents finally got around to writing it (six years later), times had changed. So they changed the story to one the love that blossoms between an American boy and a Puerto Rican girl who's just arrived in the country. The musical received rave reviews for it's portrayal of gang life.

By the way, one other thing changed. Bernstein decided not to write the lyrics, and gave the job to a unknown newcomer - Stephen Sondheim. Rosemarie Gerould is directing Magic Circle's production of this classic musical drama, with Jennifer Vaughn as musical director, and Stephen Hatcher and Christi Axelson acting as choreographers. The cast is full of new and old faces, all ready to break your heart with the songs "Something's Coming," "Maria," "Cool," "Tonight," and "I Feel Pretty."

Jerry Lee and Kelly Roberts star as the young lovers, Tony and Maria (originally played in the movie version by Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood). Miranda Lopez is the saucy Anita, and Kevin Long is Tony's best friend, Riff.

The Jets and their girls will consist of Mitchell S. Lewis, Chris Chiquet, Kody Roza, Craig Kirkham, Jason Ambagis, Megan Demmel, Allesandra Cionco, Katy Lewis, Jordan Gomez, Chelsea Baldree and Denver Vaughn. The Sharks and their girls will be portrayed by Zahir Alikhan, Ryan Allen, David Garrison, Joshua Schodorf, Daniel Beldi, Mathieu Bargas, Lizi Suemnicht, Samantha Ellinwood, Chrisy Moore, Emily Cook, Libier Davalos, and Alejandra Medina.

West Side Story opens July 16, 2004 in the Tower Theatre, 421 Vernon Street, and plays Fri. and Sat. evenings at 8:00 p.m. (Sun. matinees at 2:00 p.m.) through August 14. Tickets are $21.00 General Admission, $18.00 seniors & students. Children 11 and under are $6.00. Call (916) 782-1777 for reservations.