The musical narrates the story of two younger, star-crossed lovers within the throes of life-changing occasions that play out on the streets of Fifties New York
After the profitable run of its first musical The Sound of Music, the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) on Thursday (27) introduced that it’ll current one other Broadway musical, West Facet Story, to Indian audiences.
This contemporary-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Broadway luminary Lonny Value, can be staged in Mumbai at The Grand Theatre – the cultural centre’s performing arts area – between August 16 and 27.
Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson of NMACC in a press release, “We’re delighted to carry one more iconic Broadway musical West Facet Story to India for the very first time. This carries ahead our imaginative and prescient of showcasing the perfect of India to the world and bringing the perfect of the world to India.
“On the coronary heart of this theatrical is the emotion of affection – a power that transcends boundaries and binds cultures. I thank all the buddies of NMACC for his or her wholehearted assist to our Centre, and invite them to affix us on this celebration of affection by artwork and music.”
West Facet Story narrates the story of two younger, star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, within the throes of life-changing occasions that play out on the streets of Fifties New York.
The musical was tailored for the large display in 1961 and 2021 by unique creator Jerome Robbins and Robert Clever, and Steven Spielberg, respectively.
On this “vibrant and passionate retelling”, bother brews on the Higher West Facet as rival gangs Jets (American) and Sharks (Puerto Rican) battle for dominance of the neighbourhood, even because the protagonists – whose kin are sworn enemies – discover themselves irrevocably in love, based on a press launch.
“Pushed by historical feuds, electrical rhythms, a cinematic interval setting and the tragic obstacles of future, this can be a timeless story that’s sure to enthrall,” mentioned the organisers in its description of the theatrical which was initially staged in 1957 in Washington, DC.
Introduced by an ensemble of 34 performers and a reside orchestra of 20 extraordinary musicians, the spectacle goals to engross viewers right into a rollercoaster of feelings – additional heightened by superhit numbers, together with Maria, Tonight, Someplace and America.
The touring manufacturing put collectively by BB Promotion in 2003 received the hearts of greater than three million folks in nearly 30 nations throughout 100 cities, the organisers added.
In 2022, an all-new worldwide inventive group assembled round Value beneath the identical banner to open the following chapter of the traditional musical’s epic success story, they mentioned.
“Unquestionably, India is the land of epic love tales, a very great and magical place. We hope that the Indian viewers will embrace our West Facet Story and are very a lot wanting ahead to our time at Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC),” mentioned producer Martin Flohr.