West Side Story opens at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre tonight

by Aishling Conway
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Tonight, Tuesday 13 June 2023 marks the official opening night of a new exciting touring production of the iconic musical WEST SIDE STORY which plays at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until Saturday 24 June.

A talented international creative team has been assembled around the renowned Broadway director and actor Lonny Price, who will open the next chapter in the classic musical’s epic success story. 

Lonny Price will be available for select brief interviews on the red carpet from 6.30pm.  Please let us know in advance if your media outlet would like to talk to him.

WESTSIDE STORY, DUESBURG, 2022, Credit: Johan Persson

Director Lonny Price not only shared a close bond with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; he has been inspired by the magic of this masterpiece since early childhood. Now the Broadway luminary, who shaped American theatre and film for more than 40 years (including directing Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, and the TV series Desperate Housewives, as well as playing the role of Neil Kellerman in the cult classic Dirty Dancing), brings a fresh perspective to the classic musical: “I want the next generation of theatregoers to fall in love with this piece, identify with the characters on stage and realise that there is so much more that unites rather than divides us – despite our cultural differences.

With its 1957 Broadway premiere, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim redefined an entire genre, both musically and in terms of dance. Today, West Side Story stands unchallenged as the No. 1 of American musicals – daring, realistic, and as relevant as on the day of its premiere.

Some familiar faces joining us tonight on the red carpet for the opening night include:

Ian Dempsey

Joanne McNally

Brendan Courtney

Tracy Clifford

James Patrice

This touring production – the only one to feature Jerome Robbins’ original choreography – has been delighting audiences all over the world since 2003. It has been seen by more than three million people in 28 countries on three continents, including at the Sydney Opera House, Dubai Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and London’s Sadler’s Wells.

Who? New York-based Director of West Side Story – Lonny Price and familiar faces on the Red Carpet

When? From 6.30 pm at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Why? To mark the official opening night of West Side Story

What? West Side Story will play for two weeks until Saturday 24 June 2023.

Suggested Caption: ‘Director of an exciting new international production of the iconic, genre-defining musical WEST SIDE STORYLonny Price graces the red carpet at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for opening night.  West Side Story is running until Saturday 24 June 2023. Tickets priced from €36.50 are on sale now. For more see www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

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