West Side Story | July 27, 2019

Something’s coming, something good…

Four community nonprofits. One classic and timely American musical. Plus a cast of 60 and a 35-piece orchestra.The San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED), San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SF BATCO), the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company(YPTMTC, a program of San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department) and the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony present a one-night only performance of West Side Story

West Side Story

7pm, Saturday, July 27
Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San FranciscoTickets are $35 for general admission, and $75 for VIP tickets that include a pre-show reception backstage at the Palace. Purchase these tickets through City Box Office or call 415.392.4400.Premium Ticket Packages
Because this performance is also a benefit for arts education programs in San Francisco, there are additional premium ticket packages available that include the backstage reception, priority seating, your name in the sponsors listing in the program, and a tax-deductible donation.$250 – the JETS level, includes two $75 tickets and a $100 donation
$500 – the SHARKS level, includes four $75 tickets and a $200 donationPurchase premium tickets here.
About West Side StoryMusic by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
West Side Story’s multigenerational cast of 70 includes performers, ages 9-14, from SFArtsED’s Broadway Bound summer camp along with young adults from YPTMTC and SF BATCO, who range in age from 15 to 33 and serve as mentors and co-stars to the younger performers. The celebrated score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim will performed by the 35-piece UC Berkeley Summer Symphony.

Heading the West Side Story creative team is director Danny Duncan, a 40-year Bay Area theater veteran, who also helmed the 2017 SFArtsED/SF BATCO production of Ragtime. Also returning from that production are choreographers Laura Elaine Ellis and Jamie Yuen Shore, who are joined here by Nicola Bosco-Alvarez. Jennifer Huang and Henry Shin conduct the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony, with production musical direction by Barry Koron.

The cast of this classic musical – which returns to Broadway this fall and will soon be a Steven Spielberg film – includes SFArtsED alums Ryan Doyle as Tony, Olivia Florentino as Maria and Anisa Henry as Anita. SF BATCO company members include Marcelo Pereira as Riff and Tosh Harris Santiago as Action. And YPTMTC alums include Rafael Molina as Bernardo and Anthony Chan as Chino.