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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sooo... what exactly will VO's West Side Story look like?

Glad you asked! Our West Side Story is going to be big! bright! colourful! We're talking ORIGINAL BROADWAY STYLE, people!

That's right - Broadway-sized production, sizzling singing, the original Jerome Robbins choreography.... and with a live 30-piece orchestra!

This is a real treat for fans of musical theatre and opera alike. It's guaranteed to be a toe-tapping, boppin-in-your-seats, singing-in-the-car-on-the-way-home kind of night.
We think you'll really like it.

So who, exactly, will be singing and dancing in this rare musical spectacular? Here are just a few of the stars.

Soprano Lucia Cesaroni will sing (and dance) Maria. She has sung with Orchestra London, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Symphoniker. "Sweet, loyal, lyrical, and totally grounded in her sincerity and seriousness," wrote Opera UK about her 2010 performance of Anne Truelove.

Tenor Colin Ainsworth will sing Tony. You'll remember him as Kristian in the world premiere of Lillian Alling. He's been praised for his "clear, articulate voices and boy-next-door quality" (Victoria Times-Colonist).

Mezzo soprano Cleopatra Williams will sing Anita. She's from Ontario and has performed in We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, danced with the Toronto Raptors Dance Pack and also toured the Middle East with Toronto pop singer Massari.

And baritone Dani Jazzar will sing Bernardo. This is his favourite role and hs performed it to great acclaim: "Dani Jazzar as the Sharks' fiery, possessive captain Bernardo, hostile recipient of a thousand sneers, is excellent, effortlessly stylish" (Edmonton Journal). He's also assisted with choreography at the Europe MTV Video Music Awards and danced onstage with Ricky Martin. And he also does commercials - you've probably seen him in a Koodo ad...

Tickets for select performances of West Side Story are now on sale! Click here to order online. You can also call our friendly Ticket Centre staff at 604-683-0222, 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Ask them about our Family Packs, where you can get up to 2 tickets for children for $35 each for matinees!

Production photos courtesy Central City Opera

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It looks very promising. I'm still disappointed in VO for putting in a big stage musical over an opera into a four show season, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it even so.