'West Side Story' returns to Pantages

Tickets are now on sale to see "West Side Story," playing at the Pantages Theatre for one week only starting April 9. Based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, "Westside Story" tells the story of star-cross lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them.

The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

The 2009 Broadway revival of "West Side Story" received considerable acclaim. The Associated Press says the production "remains Broadway's best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout."

Variety says, "The true stars of 'West Side Story' are Jerome Robbins' graceful, endlessy expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein's score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force."

Orchestra tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at broadwayla.org or by calling (800) 982-2787.