Lyric Theatre, Sydney. Director: Joey McKneely. Musical Director: Donald Chan. Jerome Robbins’ original choreography recreated by Joey McKneely. July 4 to August 15, then touring.
Fifty years since Australian audiences first saw West Side Story, the balletic musical theatre reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet, set amidst New York’s inter-racial gang wars, is indelibly etched on theatrical and cinematic consciousnesses.
Prior to rehearsals, director Joey McKneely told me that Jerome Robbins’ choreography is the DNA of West Side Story.