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West Side Story Musical in Lugano

Jan 23 - Jan 28

The West Side Story musical, a timeless masterpiece that has captivated audiences since its Broadway debut in 1957, is making its way to the charming city of Lugano.

With its rich history of two Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and millions of viewers worldwide, this show promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. The musical, renowned for its intense emotion, captivating story, and exquisite choreography, is set to bring the 50s American love story to life with a fresh and vibrant cast.

Pocket knives. Snapping fingers! The Sharks are coming! The Jets are here! Watch out Maria! Tonight!!!

West Side Story Musical - Copyright Johan Persson
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Adaptation of the West Side Story Musical for Lugano

West Side Story is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, set in the bustling streets of New York City. It tells the tragic love story of Tony and Maria, caught in the crossfire of rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. The musical explores themes of love, conflict, and the desire for a better life, making it as relevant today as it was in the 50s.

Adapting such a quintessentially American story to the Swiss-Italian culture of Lugano is no small feat. The production team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the essence of the story is preserved while making it resonate with the local audience.

The result is a unique version of the West Side Story musical that maintains its original charm while embracing the vibrant backdrop of Lugano.

Could there be a better place to host this musical than Lugano with its unique blend of Swiss and Italian influences? And lucky us: This will be an original production in English!

Don't miss the explosive chemistry coming from the island of Manhattan to Switzerland!

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The Production Team

Joey McKneely, a seasoned director and choreographer, is at the helm of this production. Having worked closely with Jerome Robbins, the original choreographer of West Side Story, McKneely brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the musical’s core elements. His direction ensures that the production stays true to its roots while injecting a fresh and dynamic energy into the performance.

The New York Cast

The cast, meticulously selected in New York, is a brilliant ensemble of young and talented actors. Their energy and passion for the story bring a new level of authenticity and vibrancy to the performance, ensuring that the audience in Lugano gets to experience West Side Story in all its glory.

Getting your Tickets

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this spectacular event. Book your tickets now and secure your seat for a night of breathtaking performances, intense emotion, and a timeless love story.


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