West Side Story

oct 7 - oct 30, 2016
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday; 2:00 PM Sunday
Run Time:
2 hours 30 minutes including 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

Romeo and Juliet takes to the streets of New York City, where two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fight for supremacy. But when a former Jet, Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of a Shark, the rivalry explodes with danger. With timeless music from Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story is one of the greatest love stories of all time!

The score by Bernstein and Sondheim is considered one of Broadway’s finest – part of the nation’s musical heritage.

audiodescriptionsymbol The performance on Sunday, Oct. 16, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

Awards and Nominations

  • 1958 Tony Award® Best Musical nominee
  • 1958 Tony Award® Best Choreography winner
  • 1980 Tony Award® Best Reproduction (Play or Musical) nominee
  • 2009 Tony Award® Best Revival of a Musical nominee
  • 2009 Drama Desk Outstanding Revival of a Musical nominee

Sponsored by:

Bernardo
Andrew Rubenbauer
Chino
Nick Black
Pepe
Gary McCall
Indio
Brent Nery
Luis (u/s Tony & Bernardo)
Demarius Fisher
Nibbles
Isaac Anderson
Juano
Jaxon Koehler
Maria
Kirsten Brown
Anita
Tiffany Flory
Francisca (u/s Maria)
Alexandra Stark
Rosalia (u/s Anita)
Erin Besser
Consuela
Jennie Coletta
Teresita (u/s Consuela)
Karla Heflin
Estella (u/s Rosalia)
Sofi Mandil
Shark Girl
Maggie Wildermuth
Tony
Rocco Contini
Riff
Chris Bernard
Diesel
Elliott Newman
Action
Mitchell Donohue
A-rab (u/s Riff)
Mitchell Nieland
Baby John
Will Donaghy
Big Deal
Adam Jackson
Anybodys
Marisa Spahn
Velma
Kyra Berg
Graziella
Allie Heckart
Minnie (u/s Anybodys)
Megan Gilbreath
Clarice
Alissa Magill
Pauline (u/s Velma)
Serena Hilton
Jet Girl (u/s Graziella)
Molly Hackman
Officer Krupke
Nick Flynn
Detective Schrank
John Graham
Doc
Gary Roberts
Glad Hand
Tyler Hackman

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Oct. 7, 2016
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents “West Side Story”  
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Tony Award nominated musical, “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. “West Side Story” is sponsored by The Principal Financial Group.

“Romeo and Juliet” takes to the streets of New York City where two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fight for supremacy. But when a former Jet, Tony (Rocco Contini), falls in love with Maria (Kirsten Brown), the sister of a Shark, the rivalry turns deadly. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is considered one of Broadway’s finest – part of the nation’s musical heritage.

The Playhouse cast includes Isaac Anderson, Kyra Berg, Chris Bernard, Erin Besser, Nick Black, Jennie Coletta, Will Donaghy, Mitch Donohue, Demarius Fisher, Tiffany Flory, Nick Flynn, Megan Gilbreath, John Graham, Molly Hackman, Tyler Hackman, Allison Heckart, Karla Heflin, Serena Hilton, Adam Jackson, Jaxon Koehler, Allissa Magill, Sofi Mandil, Gary McCall, Brent Nery, Elliott Newman, Mitchell Nieland, Gary Roberts, Andrew Rubenbauer, Marisa Spahn, Alexandra C. Stark, and Marguerite Wildermuth. “West Side Story” is directed and choreographed using the original Jerome Robbins choreography by Karla Kash, with musical direction by Brenton Brown.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and “West Side Story,” contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

“West Side Story” Performances: Oct. 7-30, 2017
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday

“West Side Story” Tickets
Ticket prices start at $25
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Kirsten Brown as Maria and Rocco Contini as Tony in “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Kirsten Brown as Maria and Rocco Contini as Tony in “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Male dancers (left to right, front row: Gary McCall, Chris Bernard, Andrew Rubenbauer; left to right, back row: Mitchell Nieland, Elliott Newman, Mitch Donohue) from “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Female dancers (left to right, front row: Erin Besser, Tiffany Flory, Alexandra C. Stark; left to right, back row: Marguerite Wildermuth, Kyra Berg, Jennie Coletta, Allison Heckart) in “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Kirsten Brown as Maria and Rocco Contini as Tony in “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Male dancers (left to right, front row: Gary McCall, Chris Bernard, Andrew Rubenbauer; left to right, back row: Mitchell Nieland, Elliott Newman, Mitch Donohue) from “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Chris Bernard as Riff in “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Female dancers (left to right, front row: Erin Besser, Tiffany Flory, Alexandra C. Stark; left to right, back row: Marguerite Wildermuth, Kyra Berg, Jennie Coletta, Allison Heckart) in “West Side Story,” Oct. 7-30, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.