The Iconic Love Story

Based on Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by
Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

June 30 – July 24, 2016

Based on Shakespeare’s greatest love story, West Side Story places ill-fated lovers Tony and Maria amidst racial tensions and rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Their struggle to escape hate, violence, and prejudice to find a place together remains a heart wrenching and relevant story for our time. With its brilliant, passionate score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and pioneering choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story has earned its place as one of the most powerful and revered musicals in history.

Content Advisories

Performance runtime is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 15 minute intermission

Performances held at the Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard, OR 97224

Box Office Phone:

503.620.5262
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Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium
12850 SW Grant Ave.
Tigard, Oregon
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Summer performances at:
Deb Fennell Auditorium
9000 SW Durham Road
Tigard, Oregon
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Show Dates

Thursday, June 30, 7:30 PM PREVIEW
Friday, July 1, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, July 2, 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 3, 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 7, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Friday, July 8, 7:30 PM—Limited Availability
Saturday, July 9, 2:00 PM —SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 10, 2:00 PM–SOLD OUT

Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 PM
Friday, July 15, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 16, 2:00 PM—Post show talk-back*
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 17, 2:00 PM—Limited Availability

Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 21 7:30 PM
Friday, July 22, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 23, 2:00 PM – Audio description available
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2:00 PM

*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production, and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.

In The Press

“West Side Story” at Broadway Rose fills the stage with brilliant music and dance
by Holly Johnson
Oregon Music News, July 14, 2016
I hope that younger audiences get to know this first-class American musical…Broadway Rose have created fine production values on all counts… Read more.

Tigard Is the New Broadway: “West Side Story” at the Deb Fennell is prime Broadway Rose
by Russell Hausfeld
Willamette Week, July 12, 2016
…Broadway Rose does a solid production that will please Broadway fans and surprise anyone who thinks that high school auditoriums are a lackluster venue… Read more

West Side Story: the memory lingers on
by Christa Morletti McIntyre
Oregon ArtsWatch, July 7, 2016
Broadway Rose’s performance of America has all of the necessary tension, relieved by quick-witted humor… and the entertainment creates a space where controversial viewpoints become simply experiences of life as it is… Read more.

West Side Story
– Something’s Coming, Something Good

by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews
, July 6, 2016
…this show is remarkable, powerful, beautiful, moving, and definitely worth a few hours out of the life of anyone with even a hint of appreciation for musical theater… Read more.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY is Beautiful, Haunting, and Sadly Still Relevant, at Broadway Rose
by Krista Garver
BroadwayWorld Portland, July 6, 2010
Let’s start with Mia Pinero, who plays Maria. It won’t take more than three seconds for you to understand why Tony falls in love with her. And as soon as she starts to sing, you’ll be completely done for. She has one of the best voices I’ve heard on a Portland stage… Read more.

West Side Story—Broadway Rose Theatre Company—Tigard, OR: A World Gone Awry
by Dennis Sparks
All Things Performing Arts, July 5, 2016
…this production is absolutely amazing!  Taphorn has managed to do so much with a limited space and changing settings and yet keep the play moving at a brisk pace… And Lytle, steering the orchestra, is a perfect complement to this difficult score… Read more.

“West Side Story” @ Broadway Rose
by Kristopher Haines
The Crippled Critic
Broadway Rose’s rendering of the Sondheim classic boasts fiercely talented leads in returning local-actor Andrew Wade as Tony, and Mia Pinero as Maria….
Read more.

West Side Story at Broadway Rose: Skilled cast invigorates relic of a book (review)
by Lee Williams
The Oregonian, July 3, 2016
…Andrew Wade (Tony), Mia Pinero (Maria) and Kayla Dixon, drive the score skyward. Tony’s numbers — “Maria” in particular — require famously tough vocal acrobatics (a high B-flat and singing intervals)… Read more.

Actor Andrew Wade comes home to play ‘classic’ role
By Barbara Sherman
The Times, June 30, 2016
Andrew Wade has returned to his Portland roots this summer, starring as the doomed protagonist Tony in the Broadway Rose production of “West Side Story.” …Read more.

Beloved musical ‘West Side Story’ comes to Broadway Rose Theatre
By Washington County Reader Contributor
The Oregonian, June 10, 2016
Broadway Rose Theatre Company continues its 25th anniversary season with “West Side Story,” playing at the Deb Fennell Auditorium…. Read more.

Behind the Scenes: West Side Story at Broadway Rose
Storify Collection by Broadway Rose
A look behind-the-scenes of one of the world’s most powerful and revered musicals.

Note from the Director

Director Peggy TaphornWhat a thrill to be back at Broadway Rose for another fabulous summer! West Side Story is my favorite musical and I am excited to share it with new devotees and take a trip down memory lane for those of us who can experience this classic over and over! It is a magical collaboration: great music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, originally choreographed and conceived by Jerome Robbins – and to complete the perfect musical, a great book by Arthur Laurents. The musical, based on Romeo and Juliet, explores the rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets, rival street gangs in New York in the mid-1950s. Tony, a former Jet, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo who happens to be the leader of the Sharks. No one can stop Maria and Tony from trying to break through the stereotypes and social constraints to find true love. However, it goes tragically wrong, and the action doesn’t stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.

It is a classic story told through soaring ballads, rousing uptempos, and extended dance sequences. The dark theme and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American Musical Theater. West Side Story is a bridge between the so-called “Golden Age” musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Sondheim era about to begin. What had once been termed “musical comedy” became “musical theatre,” as producers and directors realized for the first time that the principles of serious drama should be applied to serious musicals.

West Side Story is about many things: rage and power, belonging and frustration; but most of all it’s about the scourge of prejudice, and its implications for love. West Side Story faced, for the first time in a musical, the harsh reality that things don’t always work out and sometimes hatred has the final say. It’s a painful universal truth that we can still pluck out of today’s headlines. Enjoy this beautifully told classic featuring some of Broadway’s most beloved songs. Lean forward and open your heart and you will be moved as well as entertained.

— Peggy Taphorn, Director

Meet the Cast

Cast

Mia Pinero

Mia Pinero

Maria

Mia Pinero (Maria) is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway Rose debut in her favorite musical, West Side Story! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Mia is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, as well as Lucy Brown inThe Three Penny Opera, Woman #1 in Sing for Your Supper, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at MSU. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and his casting team, as well as her always supportive and encouraging family! miapinero.com

Mia Pinero

Mia Pinero

Maria

Mia Pinero (Maria) is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway Rose debut in her favorite musical, West Side Story! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Mia is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, as well as Lucy Brown inThe Three Penny Opera, Woman #1 in Sing for Your Supper, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at MSU. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and his casting team, as well as her always supportive and encouraging family! miapinero.com

Mia Pinero

Mia Pinero

Maria

Mia Pinero (Maria) is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway Rose debut in her favorite musical, West Side Story! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Mia is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, as well as Lucy Brown inThe Three Penny Opera, Woman #1 in Sing for Your Supper, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at MSU. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and his casting team, as well as her always supportive and encouraging family! miapinero.com

Mia Pinero

Mia Pinero

Maria

Mia Pinero (Maria) is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway Rose debut in her favorite musical, West Side Story! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Mia is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, as well as Lucy Brown inThe Three Penny Opera, Woman #1 in Sing for Your Supper, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at MSU. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and his casting team, as well as her always supportive and encouraging family! miapinero.com

Mia Pinero

Mia Pinero

Maria

Mia Pinero (Maria) is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway Rose debut in her favorite musical, West Side Story! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Mia is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, as well as Lucy Brown inThe Three Penny Opera, Woman #1 in Sing for Your Supper, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at MSU. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and his casting team, as well as her always supportive and encouraging family! miapinero.com

Mia Pinero

Mia Pinero

Maria

Mia Pinero (Maria) is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway Rose debut in her favorite musical, West Side Story! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Mia is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Maria in West Side Story at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, as well as Lucy Brown inThe Three Penny Opera, Woman #1 in Sing for Your Supper, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at MSU. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and his casting team, as well as her always supportive and encouraging family! miapinero.com