MODESTO — Star-crossed lovers, gang fights and racial tension: The timeless "West Side Story" sounds as much like a modern-day tale as its 1960s-set origin or the Shakespearean play that inspired it, "Romeo and Juliet."
A national touring production of the acclaimed musical, which opened on Broadway more than 50 years ago, comes to the Gallo Center for the Arts next weekend.
The musical was written by two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics).
"West Side Story" is set in in New York's Upper West Side in the 1960s. Young lovers Tony and Maria struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surround them, including the rivalry between teenage street gangs the Jets and the Sharks.
The score is one of the most famous in Broadway history and includes "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."
WHAT: "West Side Story"
WHEN: 8 p.m. April 5-6, 2 p.m. April 6 and 1:30 p.m., April 7
WHERE: Rogers Theatre, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100