By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater
Too much feeling.
They seethe with it, the teenage boys of West Side Story – with anger, with frustration, with pain. And their girls throb with it too, a feeling that burns inside them and threatens to enkindle their entire city in a mammoth explosion of flame.
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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:
Karen Olivo, a Tony Award winner for her role as Anita in the current Broadway revival of West Side Story, will return to her old stomping grounds in November with an appearance at Theatre Winter Haven, where she was active as a teenager.
This is promising news for those of you who are dying to see a handful of the shows coming to Bob Carr this season but aren’t interested at all in the rest. It’s a three-ticket package for the Broadway Across America Orlando series, and it goes on sale this Friday.
So you could see Rock of Ages, West Side Story and Hair for $138 and up. (How did they know those three are the ones I want to see?)
Or you could see Wicked, Shrek and Young Frankenstein for $139.50 and up.
The packages go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday Sept. 24. Here’s the official word: