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Estonian National Opera, Tallinn, Estonia

  • Estonian National Opera 4 Estonia puiestee Tallinn, Harju maakond, 10143 Estonia (map)

A boy. A girl. Two rival gangs. One fatal love affair.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story “Romeo and Juliet”, and set amidst the rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, “West Side Story’s” revolutionary choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre, when it premiered on the Broadway stage in 1957. “West Side Story” brought the idea of social consciousness to the musical stage, leading the way for later works such as “Les Miserables” and “Rent”. “West Side Story” is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time, full of memorable melodies that secured the musical 732 performances in its original Broadway run and was made into a blockbuster film in 1961.

An outstanding double cast of the best Estonian and foreign musical actors, giving performances both in Estonian and English, will electrify audiences with such classic songs as “Maria”, “Tonight”, “Somewhere”, “America” and “I Feel Pretty”.

“West Side Story” was first performed in Estonia 54 years ago, when it was brought on stage by conductor Eri Klas, stage directors Helmi Tohvelman and Vello Rummo, starring Harri Vasar and Helgi Sallo. Last time it was performed in Linnahall 25 years ago in cooperation with Estonian Music Academy, Estonian National Opera, Tallinn Pedagogical University and AS ARISTO. It was conducted by Tarmo Leinatamm and staged by Neeme Kuningas, performed by today’s notable opera singers Toomas Tohert, Rauno Elp, Lauri Vasar, Ain Anger, Tiiu Laur among others.