West Side Story on stage in Leixlip

Tickets selling well for show, which runs until Saturday

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West Side Story on stage in Leixlip

Sorcha Fenlon as Maria and Gavin Ryan as Tony in Westside Story

Tickets are selling well for Leixlip Musical and Variety Group’s production of West Side Story.

The show runs until Saturday, April 28 at St. Mary’s GAA club premises in Green Lane. The group has said that tickets are selling well and the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out.

Claire Tighe is directing and choreographing the show. Sorcha Fenlon is playing Maria and Gavin Ryan is playing Tony. Ian Tighe will play Bernardo and Ross Murray takes on the role of Riff. Anita will be played by the experienced Jacqueline Brunton while James Deegan is Diesel.

It has been a busy time, as usual for the cast and crew. Last Sunday, they held a big rehearsal.

Tickets cost €17 from Wednesday to Saturday and €15 for the opening Tuesday night. They can be got at boxoffice@lmvg.ie or 087-1632268.

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents. Leonard Bernstein produced the music and Stephen Sondheim the lyrics. Jerome Robbins was the first choreographer.

It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an area which now contains the Lincoln Center. The musical, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, explores the battle with two teen groups.

It has a racial element in that one group, the Sharks, who originated in Puerto Rico, are challenged by a white gang, the Jets. But Tony, a friend of Jet leader, Riff, falls for Maria, the sister of the the Shark leader, Bernardo.

The show includes songs like Something's Coming, Somewhere, America, Maria, and I Feel Pretty.

The original 1957 Broadway show marked the debut of Stephen Sondheim on Broadway. It has won award after award ever since.

The show’s writer, Arthur Laurents (1917-2011) wrote a book, partly about the show, Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story and Other Musicals, published in 2009.