Set in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York in the mid-1950s, “West Side Story” focuses on the rivalry between two gangs named the Sharks and the Jets and the destruction that results from their rivalry and fighting.
At the same time it tells the love story between Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks. It is, essentially, a 1950s New York version of “Romeo and Juliet.”
The music came from Leonard Bernstein and features classics such as “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “Jet Song” and “I Feel Pretty.”
该剧的音乐由著名音乐家伯恩斯坦创作，令人耳熟能详的音乐片段有“Something’s Coming”，“Maria”，“Jet Song”和“I Feel Pretty”等。
This was the first time that “West Side Story” had appeared in Shanghai. To be followed, another tow blockbusters, “Legally Blonde” and “Mozart-L'opera Rock”, will be staged on Shanghai Culture Square respectively in December and January.
The “Big-Four” Musicals
The “Big-Four” musicals include "The Phantom of the Opera", "Cats", "Les Misérables" and "Miss Saigon". All of them were produced by the renowned producer, Cameron Mackintosh, and through his production and revival, these musicals received wide popularity throughout both West End, London and Broadway, New York.
"The Phantom of the Opera" is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera Populaire.