Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has been called the greatest love story ever written. The tragic tale of forbidden love has found its way into many modern-day renditions, translations and big-screen cinematic achievements, but none can parallel the Broadway hit that took New York City by force more than 50 years ago. West Side Story follows the budding romance of Maria and Tony as they brave the wrath of two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Set in the 1950s, at a time when many Puerto Ricans had moved to New York, the musical opened on September 26, 1957, with the film version following four years later on October 18, 1961. The musical danced and sang its way into the hearts of audiences worldwide, and now (through August 29), West Side Story will be performed at the Artisan Center Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays, with additional 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $9 for children 12 years of age and younger. Tickets for Monday through Thursday performances are $12. Call 817-284-1200 or visit artisanct.com.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. Starts: July 24. Continues through Aug. 29, 2009