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About the Show

The classic Bernstein musical that began Sondheim's career, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; one of the most performed productions in American history.

Story: When Tony goes to support the Jets at a school dance he meets Maria, the sister of the Shark's leader, Bernardo, and falls in love. They dream of overcoming their differences, but gang violence makes it impossible for them to live happily ever after.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Librettist: Arthur Laurents

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway Theatre
Opening Night: Sep 26, 1957
Total Performances: 732
Original Cast: Mickey Calin, Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Ken Le Roy, Chita Rivera, Art Smith, Lee Becker, Grover Dale, Arch Johnson, Tony Mordente, Eddie Roll, David Winters, Tommy Abbott, William Bramley, Hank Brunjes, Erne Castaldo, Martin Charnin, Marilyn Cooper, Wilma Curley, Carole D'Andrea, Al De Sio, Marilyn D'Honau, Gene Gavin, Frank Green, Reri Grist, Carmen Gutierrez, John Harkins, Lowell Harris, Ronnie Lee, George Marcy, Jack Murray, Jay Norman, Julie Oser, Liane Plane, Nanette Rosen, Lynn Ross, Jamie Sanchez, Noel Schwartz, Elizabeth Taylor
Director and Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Producer: Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
Musical Director: Max Goberman
Orchestrations: Leonard Bernstein
Scenic Design: Oliver Smith
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal
Sound Design: Sound Associates, Inc.

1960 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Winter Garden Theatre, Alvin Theatre
Opening Night: Apr 27, 1960
Total Performances: 249
Original Cast: Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Pat Birch, Thomas Hasson, George Marcy, Allyn Ann McLerie, Judy Aldene, Robert Avian, Vince Baggetta, Barry Burns, Martin Charnin, Sterling Clark, Doug Clarke, Hope Clarke, Donald Corby, Richard Corrigan, Miguel De Vega, Ed Dutton, Roger Franklin, Eddie Gasper, Glenn Gibson, Ted Gunther, Audrey Hays, Ross Hertz, Alan Johnson, Gloria Lambert, Sandy Leeds, Lee Lewis, George Liker, Eddie Miller, Barbara Monte, Anna Marie Moylan, Albert M. Ottenheimer, Danii Prior, Genii Prior, Poligena Rogers, Marc Scott, Carmine Terra, Kent Thomas, Ben Vargas
Director and Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Producer: Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
Musical Director: Joseph Lewis
Orchestrations: Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Scenic Design: Oliver Smith
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal

1964 Broadway Revival
Theatre: City Center
Opening Night: Apr 8, 1964
Total Performances: 31
Original Cast: Richard Balin, Joe Bennett, Barry Burns, Eileen Casey, Marilyn Cooper, Joseph Corby, Diana Corto, Wilma Curley, Steve Curry, Harry Davis, B.J. DeSimone, Hamp Dickens, Frank Downing, Tina Faye, Eliot Feld, Carlos Gorbea, Ted Gunther, Lolli Hinton, Gloria Kaye, Luba Lisa, Danny Lockin, Tobie Lynn, Erin Martin, John McCook, Don McKay, Julia Migenes, James Moore, Carmen Morales, Brooks Morton, Larry Moss, Jay Norman, Tim Ramirez, Barbara Rogers, Noel Schwartz, Mark Jude Sheil, Jo Jo Smith, Carmine Terra, Kent Thomas, Ella Thompson
Director: Gerald Freedman
Choreographer: Tom Abbott
Producer: New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director: Charles Jaffe
Scenic Design: Peter Wolf
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal

1980 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Minskoff Theatre
Opening Night: Feb 14, 1980
Total Performances: 333
Original Cast: Debbie Allen, Jossie de Guzman, Ken Marshall, Cleve Asbury, Brent Barrett, John Bentley, Harolyn Blackwell, Stephen Bogardus, Yamil Borges, Mark Bove, Nancy Louise Chismar, Ray Contreras, Marlène Danielle, Gary-Michael Davies, Michael De Lorenzo, Mark Fotopoulos, Michael Franks, Charlene Gehm, Heather Lea Gerdes, Arch Johnson, Reed Jones, Brian Kaman, Amy Lester, Todd Lester, James J. Mellon, Héctor Jaime Mercado, Georganna Mills, Mark Morales, Michael Rivera, Adrian Rosario, Willie Rosario, Sammy Smith, Nancy Ticotin, Darryl Tribble, Jake Turner, Frankie Wade, G. Russell Weilandich, Missy Whitchurch, Stephanie E. Williams
Director and Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Producer: Gladys Rackmil, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and James M. Nederlander
Musical Director: John DeMain and Donald Jennings
Orchestrations: Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Scenic Design: Oliver Smith
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal
Sound Design: Jack Mann

2009 Broadway Revival
Theatre: Palace Theatre
Opening Night: Mar 19, 2009
Total Performances: Still Playing
Original Cast: George Akram, Matt Cavenaugh, Cody Green, Karen Olivo, Josefina Scaglione, Nicholas Barasch, Steve Bassett, Kyle Brenn, Joshua Buscher, Isaac Calpito, Mike Cannon, Peter John Chursin, Kyle Coffman, Lindsay Dunn, Yurel Echezarreta, Joey Haro, Eric Hatch, Manuel Herrera, Curtis Holbrook, Marina Lazzaretto, Yanira Marin, Michael Mastro, Mileyka Mateo, Kaitlin Mesh, Kat Nejat, Pamela Otterson, Danielle Polanco, Sam Rogers, Michael Rosen, Amy Ryerson, Jennifer Sanchez, Manuel Santos, Lee Sellars, Tro Shaw, Ryan Steele, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Greg Vinkler
Director: Arthur Laurents
Choreographer: Joey McKneely
Producer: Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller, Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America
Musical Director: Patrick Vaccariello
Orchestrations: Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Scenic Design: James Youmans
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier

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