[West Side Story] After Avenue Q, West Side Story is the Musical Play to Watch in Manila!

I’m super excited to see the Manila production of West Side Story this coming September in Meralco Theater !

The Stages production of West Side Story will be directed by Audie Gamora (who himself starred as Bernardo). Christian Bautista will play Tony, and Joanna Ampil as Maria. I’m excited to see Joanna Ampil in a musical who is very successful in her performances in Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and as Fantine in Les Miserables in West End, London.

Watch out for this!

West Side Story is a musical written by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The story is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was, in turn, based on a narrative poem by Arthur Brooke entitled The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet (1562), which was in turn inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde.

Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The young protagonist, Anton (“Tony”), who belongs to the white gang, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the leader of the rival Puerto Rican gang. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater. Bernstein’s score for the musical has become extremely popular; it includes “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “America,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight”, “Jet Song”, “I Feel Pretty”, “One Hand, One Heart”, and “Cool”.

(Source: Wikipedia on West Side Story)

15 thoughts on “[West Side Story] After Avenue Q, West Side Story is the Musical Play to Watch in Manila!

  1. Hope you don;t mind. I’d like to make a clarification if I may. The Manila run of West Side Story is not a Repertory Philippines production but rather a Stages Production, which is a production outfit owned by Audie Gemora.

  2. Will this be showing in December? PLEASE let it be showing in December! I’m only home that time and I love West Side Story. I watched Avenue Q and the cast was awesome!

  3. Hi Anton,
    I’m interested in buying tickets from you. would you know how much would it averagely cost?

  4. too bad i can’t make it on 6 sept…i would be interested to watch on other playdates though. will the tickets be sold in ticketnet or ticketworld?

  5. im selling tickets for the sept 13 show of west side story… leave your email so i can personally email you. thanks 🙂

  6. Dear All,
    Am selling tickets to the September 12 (Friday), 8pm show of West Side Story.
    Stars Christian Bautista as Tony and Joanna Ampil of Ms. Saigon fame as Maria. Audie Gemora directs.
    Ticket prices are:
    P1,200 (orchestra / loge center)
    P1,000 (orchestra / loge side)
    P700 (balcony center)
    P500 (balcony side)
    Please e-mail me (song1@jnjph.jnj.com) for ticket reservations. Thanks!

  7. Is there some way to know when will Joanna be on the role of Maria? I would prefer watching it with her on it.

  8. Hi Cathy,
    Joanna Ampil will be playing Maria on the opening night of the play (Sept 5). She alternates with Karylle for this role, but we’re not sure of their schedules for the rest of the run. Hope you can watch the opening night show! You can email me at minnie.fong@gmail.com for a copy of the seat plan if you want to reserve seats. Thanks! 🙂

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