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The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story is coming to Lincoln April 4-5. West Side Story will be at Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts for three performances: April 4 at 7:30 PM and April 5 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony® Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

West Side Story is timeless,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “The show is widely regarded as one of the greatest dance-driven musicals in Broadway history, and has managed to uphold that reputation for over fifty years. Seeing a professional production of this classic show is a rare opportunity and your chance to see some of the most impressive dance numbers in Broadway history.”

West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. 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 Associated Press says West Side Story “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, endlessly 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.”

West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony® Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony® and GRAMMY® Award-winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. 

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony® Award-nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony® Award-winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle. 

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Courtyard Marriott as well as Patron Friend Sponsors Roger & Carol Lewis and Mike & Julie Jacobson.

Residency activities are funded, in part, by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Hixson-Lied endowment.

Ticket Information

Tickets to West Side Story April 4-5 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $45 for adults, $22.50 for students.