On September 26, 1957, a show opened on Broadway that changed what the world could expect from musical theatre. West Side Story, a contemporary updating of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, used experimental music by Leonard Bernstein and first-timer Stephen Sondheim and nearly non-stop dancing by Jerome Robbins to tell the story of star-crossed lovers on the streets of uptown Manhattan.
On September 26, 2017, the show’s 60th anniversary will be celebrated with a 7 PM gathering of theatre stars—names to be announced—at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
The club is promising young talent and theatre veterans singing some of the best-loved songs from the score, including “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “Tonight,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Somewhere,” and others, plus an appearance by special guest Harvey Evans, whose credits include replacing in the role of Gee–Tar during the original run, and appearing as Mouthpiece in the show’s film adaptation (both under the stage name Harvey Hohnecker).
The event is being produced and hosted by theater historian Michael Portantiere with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward.
Tickets cost $35–$75 plus a $25 food/drink minimum, and can be ordered at 54Below.com. Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street below Studio 54.