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'West Side Story' opens Friday for monthlong run

"West Side Story," one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time, opens on July 1 at the Flat Rock Playhouse and runs through July 30.

The No. 1 requested musical from the theater's 2019 show survey, the beloved musical transports Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to 1950s streets of New York City as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of fear, violence and prejudice remains one of the most innovative heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. With a score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show is widely regarded as among the best musicals ever written.

“'West Side Story' held our No. 1 spot in the 2019 patron show survey and we were very pleased to offer it as part of the 2020 season prior to the pandemic shutdown,” said Lisa K. Bryant, the Playhouse's producing artistic director. “Now we’re back and so is WSS! We’re honored and excited to bring this epic piece to life on the FRP MainStage with a team of designers, directors, artisans and performers who are second to none.”

The show features J. Taylor Wright, Brandon Keith Rogers, PJ Palmer, Colin Lemoine, Cole Reasoner, Aaron Patrick Craven, Louis Hansen, Eddie Maldonado, Marilyn Caserta, Gabriella Enriquez, Daniel Powers, John Paul Laporte, Henrique Sobrinho, Jelani Bell, Brianna Haston, Lexis Danca, Kaitlyn Harrington, Mady Bec Rogers, Marissa Barragán, Nicolette Hernandez, Michel Vasquez, Alex Pouloutides, Scott Treadway, Bill Chameides, Joe Ippolito, Bob Trisolini and Claire Griffin.

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"West Side Story" plays Friday, July 1, through Saturday, July 30, at Flat Rock Playhouse’s Leiman Mainstage. Tickets range from $45 to $65. Student prices are available for ages 18 and under. For tickets, call the Flat Rock Playhouse Box Office at 828.693.0731 or visit