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Feb. 21st, 2019

WEST SIDE STORY Comes Alive in Immersive Production at Theater West End in Sanford, FL

by Aaron Wallace

At Theater West End, you've entered the world of WEST SIDE STORY before even taking your seat. Getting there requires a walk across the blue-collar, gang-ridden streets of 1950s New York in the Upper West Side.

There's graffiti on the floor beneath you and the walls all around. T-shirts hang out to dry on clotheslines over your head. There's a basketball hoop on the cage-wire fence the band sits behind. You might even be seated next to a fire hydrant or a traffic cone. It takes a moment to remember that this same space was home to Madison County's bridges just a couple months ago.
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Feb. 15th, 2019

“WEST SIDE STORY” RETURNS TO BROADWAY DECEMBER 2019, DIRECTED BY IVO VAN HOVE & CHOREOGRAPHED BY ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER

PERFORMANCES WILL BEGIN DECEMBER 10, 2019
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that the Jerome Robbins / Arthur Laurents / Leonard Bernstein / Stephen Sondheim masterwork, West Side Story, will return to Broadway in a new production directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove; and for the first time ever in the United States, will feature all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The production will also feature scenery and lighting design by Mr. van Hove’s longtime collaborator, Jan Versweyveld.

West Side Story will begin performances on December 10, 2019, ahead of an official opening night on February 6, 2020 at a theater to be announced.

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Feb. 13th, 2019

Rita Moreno Mixes Up a Carnival in the Kitchen
“My ovaries may not make babies, but I’m not done for,” said the 87-year-old actress, who stars in the Netflix reboot of “One Day at a Time.”

By Max Berlinger

Rita Moreno took a deep, languorous inhale. “I love this smell,” she said. “Can you smell this? It’s an unusual smell.”

The famed actress of stage and screen had just poured ruby red annatto seeds into an oversize pan. After allowing them to sizzle for a few minutes, she used a slotted spoon to fish them out, leaving a rust-colored oil behind. “Now we can do some frying,” she said, raising her eyebrows with excitement.
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As we all know, the 1961 film version of West Side Story is a hauntingly beautiful, emotional, violent, sad, exuberant, gentle and kindly, at the same time. I have admittedly lost count of how many times I've seen this great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical, but it still tugs at my heartstrings as much today, as it has done, in both the distant and not-so-distant past.Read more...Collapse )

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