Bring on the show tunes and the gelled hair, because West Side Story is coming back to Broadway.
On Thursday (July 12), producer Scott Rudin announced that Broadway classic West Side Story will return to Broadway under Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge). Although the theater is still to be announced, performances will begin December 10, 2019.
Van Hove will work with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and longtime collaborator and designer Jan Versweyveld on the new staging and choreography. This will mark the first major revival in the U.S. to dete from the original Broadway show, directed by Jerome Robbins and featuring his iconic choreography.
West Side Story was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In a statement, Sondheim said, “This is Ivo van Hove's first Broadway musical, and I'm eager to see what he does with it. What keeps theater alive over time is reinterpretation, and when that reinterpretation is as invigorating as his productions A View From the Bridge and The Crucible, it makes for something to look forward to with excitement.”