Dubuque Symphony Orchestra breaks new ground with
its first staged musical, West Side Story April 13-15, 2018
(DUBUQUE) – The DSO’s 59th season culminates with a fully staged production of the musical West Side Story. “I am thrilled to honor the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with West Side Story,” notes Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. “This will be an extraordinary collaboration between our orchestra, the Heartland Ballet, and talented singers who have grown up in the Dubuque area and have moved on to professional performing careers - it’s a not-to-be missed event!”
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. In this revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents bring their award-winning genius to the immortal story of star-crossed lovers. The Grammy-winning score includes “Maria,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “America.”
DSO’s production, directed and choreographed by Marina O’Rourke, features Sarah Ellis as Maria, Matthew Richardson as Tony, and Megan MacLeod as Anita. Ellis, a Platteville native, spent 10 years dancing with the Heartland Ballet and Dubuque City Youth Academy of Ballet Companies. She is an actress, vocalist and dancer currently based in New York. Richardson graduated from the Eastman School of Music and has built a professional performing career singing with symphonies, opera and theater companies in the US and abroad. He is currently serving as an active duty military musician in the United States Army Chorus stationed in Arlington, Virginia. MacLeod, a regular guest performer at the DSO’s annual Holiday Pops concert, was a featured dancer in productions of Carousel, Chicago, and Singin’ in the Rain, and has choreographed numerous musicals, including Gypsy, Cabaret, The Producers, Oliver, Sweeney Todd and 9-5.
Performances will be held 7:30 pm Friday, April 13; 7:30 pm Saturday, April 14; and 2:00 pm Sunday, April 15 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque. Tickets ($17-87) are available at dubuquesymphony.org or save online fees and purchase direct at Five Flags box office (corner of 4th & Locust, M-F 10am-5pm or in theater lobby one hour before show). Information about discounted Group Sales tickets for 10 or more may be obtained by contacting the DSO office at 563-557-1677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST SIDE STORY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
This concert is made possible by concert sponsor American Trust & Savings Bank, guest artist sponsor Tim & Christine Conlon and ballet sponsor Jack & Mantea Schmid