THERE were powerful voices to match the powerful story in Starlight Musical Theatre’s production of the Bernstein and Sondheim classic.
Dating from 1957, but always topical in its background story of tensions between immigrants and the more established population, and with its story of star-crossed lovers drawn from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a show with a wider emotional range than last year’s more light-hearted Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
Broadway icon Sondheim gives his regards to Inverness show
CAST and crew of next week’s production of West Side Story at Eden Court have been given a morale boosting good luck message from show lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Sondheim, one of the most revered figures in the history of musical theatre with a record eight Tony Awards to his credit, is the only surviving member of the core creative team that brought West Side Story to Broadway in 1957.
Writing to local theatre company Starlight Musical Theatre, who are staging the show, Sondheim said: "Please tell your cast: thank you for doing West Side Story. Above all, have a good time. If you do, the audience will too. Good luck."
Sondheim’s reply came in response to a letter from opera singer Moira Harris, whose husband Steve Jones is musical director on the Inverness production.
Show Gangs Find Theatre Prize Worth Fighting Over - The Inverness Courier
The cast from Starlight Musical Theatre’s production of West Side Story were helping to launch Eden Court ‘s Big Ticket Prize Draw today. The Big Ticket gives everybody who makes a donation of at least £5 the chance to be entered into a draw to win the ultimate arts-lover's prize.
It includes two free tickets for everything at Eden Court for the whole of 2015 including 400 live performances, 30 different films each month at the cinema and 60 classes a week.