West Side Story
All remaining performances are now SOLD OUT — thank you! You are welcome to try your luck on the waiting list, which we start at the door 30 minutes before curtain. Please note that all ticketed patrons must check in by 5 minutes to curtain; after that, we will release your tickets to the waiting list.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Directed by Lisa Mallette.
A TBA Awards Recommended production.
July 16-August 30, 2015.
Think you know West Side Story? You’ve never seen it this close.
Experience this passionate classic on City Lights’ intimate stage.
Why you should see West Side Story
Because it’s exhilarating to see all the passion, all the high notes and all the dance moves in a theater where everyone gets an up-close view.
Because it doesn’t get any better than Bernstein + Sondheim + star-crossed true love.
Because our Maria can hold her own with a Broadway star.
Because when you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way.
The world’s greatest love story is transported to New York City in one of the theater’s finest accomplishments. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes to the streets as two idealistic young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs — the American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks” — and their struggle to survive in a world of hatred, prejudice, and violence becomes one of the most breathtaking, relevant musical dramas of all time. In the spirit of City Lights’ 2006 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, this glorious musical-theater experience finds new life and renewed poignancy in the intimate, innovative, and uncompromising setting of the City Lights stage.
What people are saying about our production
“West Side Story, which runs through Aug. 23, remains one of the best musicals ever written. Arthur Laurents’ story, Leonard Bernstein’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s libretto are unparalleled for their blend of musical sophistication and beauty, teenage urgency and social commentary. But give City Lights credit. Director Lisa Mallette and her cast of 26 seem not the least bit intimidated by the scope of the work and tackle it with a winning combination of exuberance and efficiency that reminds you that great songs, an iconic romance and pointless tragedy on any scale can thrill an audience.” -Randy McMullen, San Jose Mercury News
“Staging a musical as huge as West Side Story in as small a venue as City Lights in San Jose qualifies as a bit of a nutty idea, but, happily, the theater world tends to embrace nuttiness, and the production that opened there on Saturday night is well worth seeing. Actually, it is a must-see, for the choreography by Jennifer Gorgulho, and the dancing and singing … It is thrilling to see all those talented young performers strutting and dancing and sweating (in some cases, copiously) for us, to Leonard Bernstein’s magnificent score. There are 100 seats for the audience, and the view is good in every one.” -John Orr, Regarding Arts
“City Lights Theater’s West Side Story is sharp as a switchblade.” -Karla Kane, Metro
“I’ve seen over a dozen productions of West Side Story over the years and this ranks at the top. I came out of curiosity and left enthralled. Thank you for a great evening.” -Chris Safford, patron
More information and special events
West Side Story runs July 16-August 30, 2015:
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. (No matinee July 19.) Four 8 p.m. Wed. shows, on Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Tickets: $17-$32. Discounts for seniors and students/educators. Buy online and pay no fees! ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.)
Parking provided for $5 for most performances across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance) or park on street. View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose. The theater is wheelchair-accessible. This production is recommended for junior high and up.
Special note: All remaining performances are now SOLD OUT. We start a waiting list (first come, first served) at the door 30 minutes before curtain. All ticketed patrons must check in by 5 minutes before curtain; after that, we will release your tickets to the waiting list.
Thursday, July 16: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, July 17: Preview Night ($17).
Saturday, July 18: Opening Night celebration: $35 general, $30 seniors, $19 students/educators.
Friday, July 31: Silicon Valley FACES is our nonprofit partner for the production. On July 31, we’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from the performance’s regular-priced single tickets to the organization.
Special thanks to Focus Business Bank for their sponsorship of this production of West Side Story.
West Side Story is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins.