‘West Side Story’ to hold chat-backs in English and Spanish

The national tour of West Side Story, opening tonight in Orlando and running through Sunday, will hold talkbacks in English and in Spanish Thursday at Barnes & Noble on Colonial Drive.

This production, directed by librettist Arthur Laurents, was noted for translating some of the dialogue and the lyrics to a couple of songs to Spanish. (In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda did the translations.) The Broadway production returned some of that language to English several months later. It will be interesting to see tonight how much of the Spanish remains on the tour.

In any case, here’s an opportunity for Spanish speakers, as well as English speakers, to mix with the West Side Story cast. Here’s the official word:

Free educational theater event
Chat backs to be held in both English & Spanish

WHAT:  Two chat-back opportunities with cast members from West Side Story

WHEN:  Thursday, February 3
Spanish chat-back 4-5 p.m.
English chat-back 5-6 p.m.

WHERE:  Barnes & Noble, 2418 East Colonial Drive, Orlando

WHY:  As part of Florida Theatrical Association’s continued effort to cultivate theater audiences, Florida Theatrical Association will hold its customary chat back from 5-6 p.m. Cast members from the Broadway show West Side Story will be on hand to interact with and answer any and all questions regarding the show, life as a performer, etc.

Prior to that, Florida Theatrical Association, in partnership with El Sentinel, is proud to host a chat back conducted entirely in Spanish. The cast members from the Broadway show West Side Story that are fluent in Spanish will be on hand to interact with and answer any and all questions regarding the show, life as a performer, etc. in Spanish.

West Side Story is playing at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre Feb. 1-6, 2011.

Tickets for West Side Story start at $38. Tickets can be purchased at the Fairwinds Broadway Across America – Orlando Box Office, Amway Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Online purchases can be made at www.OrlandoBroadway.com. To charge by phone call 1-800-982-2787. Group orders for 20 or more may be placed by calling 407-423-9999 Ext. 17 or 1-800-950-4647.

One response to “‘West Side Story’ to hold chat-backs in English and Spanish

  1. Saw the touring company of West Side Story in Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theater last week. Was surprised that some of the dialogue and a song or two were in Spanish, but it wasn’t distracting from a very active and enjoyable show. The set design worked great, with smooth changes and helpful lighting.