Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). Based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents. Victorian College of the Arts (graduating students). Space 28, VCA Performing Arts Building. Director: Martin Croft. Musical Director: Stephen Gray. Choreographer: Kelly Aykers. Set Design: David Samuel. Lighting Design: Danny Pettingill. September 8 – 18, 2011.
Attempting Bernstein and Sondheim’s iconic West Side Story is no mean feat, not least because of the intense emotional energy interspersed with gentle pathos, and the demands of musical and dance material.
Victorian College of the Arts’ graduating music theatre students come up trumps in a production marking the culmination of three years of intensive study for cast members.