West Side Story in Concert


Feb 23, 2018 – 7:30 PM

(on various days)

75th N Second Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004 Map

  • West Side Story
  • Phoenix Symphony
  • Storm Large
  • Stuart Chafetz

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West Side Story: Even 54 years after it first debuted on Broadway, one of the world's most beloved musicals, West Side Story is still going strong with brand new tour dates in 2013. While the musical has become a high school drama department standard in recent years, this most recent tour captures the high standard of singing and dancing that made it famous. The unforgettable songs penned by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim have stood the test of time on Broadway and continue to delight audiences.

The concept was developed by Jerome Robbins in 1949, who sought to produce a musical that modernized the classic Shakespeare tale, Romeo and Juliet. Originally, the musical focused on the anti-semitism between an Italian American Catholic family and a Jewish family, before portraying recently developed teen gang violence and racial divisions in New York. Eight years later, West Side Story premiered on Broadway to rave reviews by audiences and critics, the latter noting how musical theatre had been changed forever. The musical opened for the first time on London's West End in 1958 and has been revived on Broadway a few times over the years.

West Side Story chronicles the turf war between the Polish Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. Riff, the leader of the Jet's, proposes organizing a rumble with the Sharks to end things once and for all, and invites his friend and ex-Jet Tony along to a neighborhood dance where the proposal will be made. However, when Tony arrives at the dance, he falls madly in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks' leader, Bernardo. Despite being on opposite sides of an escalating feud, the two fall even more in love until the night of the rumble. Tony, attempting to stop the fight, accidentally allows Riff to be killed by Bernardo, and Tony in turn kills Bernardo. From there, it's a race against time for Tony and Maria, as they attempt to flee to the country before the Sharks can exact their revenge.

Storm Large: A performer of Wikipedian proportions, Storm Large has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences around the globe for more than 15 years. Seven years ago she moved to Portland and quickly, with her band, The Balls, went from wild club act to legendary cult status. In 2006 she was tapped to be on CBS’ Rockstar: Supernova . This three month stint on television gained her worldwide fame and in late 2006, her single, Ladylike, debuted at 5 on the hot singles chart in Billboard Magazine, and the 1 seller on CDBaby.

For the next 2 years she and The Balls hit the road. Touring all around the US, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland and Singapore. In 2007, tired of touring and missing Portland, Storm took a chance and accepted the role of Sally Bowles in PCS’ production of Cabaret. The production turned out to be a huge hit and Storm fell in love with the theater.

"Crazy Enough" is the first theater piece Storm has ever written and, by far, the scariest thing she's ever done. However, as a great artist once said, "The thing that scares you the most, is the very thing you should do." It is a wild ride through the early life of a girl who was supposed to lose her mind and instead found that crazy works for her.

The sound track follows the ups and downs of the story sequentially going from introspective meditations on sanity to pounding anthems of declaration. It was co-written by James Beaton of the Balls, there are also a couple of nods to Michael Cavaseno from Storm Inc. with a cover of "Where Is My Mind" permitted by Francis Black of the Pixies.

Please enjoy! xoxoStorm Large