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NSO Pops: West Side Story in Concert

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Saturday, February 17, 2018

Leonard Bernstein at 100 NSO Pops

Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's cherished musical take on Romeo & Juliet in a lightly staged NSO concert performance featuring a cast of Broadway favorites including Corey Cott as Tony, Solea Pfeiffer as Maria, Ana Villafañe as Anita, Ephraim Sykes as Riff, and Joel Perez as Bernardo. 


$24 - $109

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National Symphony Orchestra
West Side Story in Concert

Experience forbidden love, fierce family loyalties, and the ruthless feud between the Sharks and the Jets through the iconic music of West Side Story! Bernstein’s legendary, Broadway-shaping musical interpretation of Romeo & Juliet with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim comes to life in concert performances as part of a nationwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year. 

Featured soloists include a "who's who" of Broadway favorites: Corey Cott as Tony (Broadway’s Newsies and Bandstand), Solea Pfeiffer as Maria (Eliza in Hamilton tour), Ana Villafañe as Anita (Gloria Estefan in Broadway’s On Your Feet!), Ephraim Sykes as Riff (Seaweed in NBC’s 2016 live production of Hairspray Live!), and Joel Perez as Bernardo (Broadway’s Fun Home).

This NSO presentation will be lightly staged, with theatrical lighting and costumes, and is conducted by NSO Pops Principal Conductor Steven Reineke, with direction by Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and assistant director Eric Sean Fogel. The visual designers are S. Katy Tucker and Mark McCullough, while Lynly Saunders designed the costumes.

“What was a originally a period piece about New York gangs in the 1950s has become one of the most relevant and provocative pieces of music theater ever as it continues to resonate about life in contemporary society. Revisiting West Side Story today with the NSO gives performers and audiences alike a chance to not only explore a work quintessential to American music theater history, but to see its many layers make a profound statement about America.”

“Leonard Bernstein has long been one of my personal idols as a conductor, composer, musician, and educator. I'm thrilled to be celebrating his centennial with our NSO performances of one of the most classic and archetypal pieces of American musical theater ever written. With its powerful and iconic score, this story continues to resonate with audiences of all ages as it tells its timeless tale of forbidden love and social prejudice.”

Part of Leonard Bernstein at 100

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