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Cape Symphony New Year's Day Party 2022 celebrates Sondheim

The Return of West Side Story

West Side Story is back on movie theater screens across the country in a new incarnation, blessed by the late Stephen Sondheim.

The musicians of the Cape Symphony will perform selections from West Side Story during our New Year’s Day Party!

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes place in a New York neighborhood separated by racial divisions and hostilities between rival gangs. Director and choreographer Jerome Robbins had the original idea to do a contemporary musical based on the Shakespeare play, and he brought it to two other giants, composer Leonard Bernstein and playwright Arthur Laurents. They added in a young Stephen Sondheim to write the lyrics, and together, they changed musical theatre.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1957, West Side Story did not win the Best Musical Tony that year because another soon-to-be-classic, The Music Man, appeared that same year. Jerome Robbins won the Tony for Best Choreography and Oliver Smith won for Best Scenic Design. The 1961 film version of West Side Story won the Best Picture Oscar as well as nine other Academy Awards.

The new film version is directed by none other than Steven Spielberg, taking the lead on his first musical. The National Board of Review and the American Film Institute both named the 2021 West Side Story as one of the top ten films of the year. Rita Moreno, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the 1961 film, appears in a different role in the 2021 version.

The Cape Symphony is pleased to present a tribute to Stephen Sondheim during our New Year's Day Party on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets for the New Year's Day Party, visit capesymphony.org, call the Box Office at 508-362-1111, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit 1060 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA. The Cape Symphony Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (note that the Box Office closes at noon on Friday, December 31).

 

 

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