February 6th, 2016

west side story by mrbnatural

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All the City’s a Stage for the Somewhere Project’s ‘West Side Story'

By Zoe Leverant

Any story about New York is eventually a story about place: The most famous city in the world is full of thousands of smaller stories about places and the struggles over them. The struggle is harder for some than for others, and sometimes those small stories grow into bigger ones that get remembered and written down. There is perhaps no better example of this than West Side Story. And for the first time since 2011, it is coming home.

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Carnegie Hall created the Somewhere Project, which brings the music and themes of West Side Story to all five boroughs throughout the 2015–2016 season. Its capstone is a full production of the original play, running March 4–6 at the massive Queens arts complex the Knockdown Center. Leonard Bernstein protégée Marin Alsop conducts the orchestra; noted director Amanda Dehnert takes the helm; and Skylar Astin, of Spring Awakening and the Pitch Perfect films, stars as Tony, with Broadway veteran Bianca Marroquín as Anita and newcomer Morgan Hernandez making her New York debut as Maria.
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