Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node

  • Various performers dance onstage, circling around two main performers.
  • West Side Story logo is shown with four male cast members jumping in air.
  • Male ensemble members jump in air on stage.
  • Performers stand and sit in background as a male and female performer dance in front.


7:30 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

More than fifty years ago, one musical changed theatre forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on the Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.” As an Associated Press critic writes, “WEST SIDE STORY remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

WEST SIDE STORY is recommended for ages 13 and older. Please be advised that there is strong language, violence, and some sensitive subject matter that is true to the story and plot. Parental guidance is suggested.

A small portion of the lyrics and dialogue in this revival production are in Spanish. It’s not necessary to understand Spanish to comprehend the story. 

Kish Bank

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Adult $62, $53
University Park Student $44, $35
18 and Younger $45, $36

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Audio Description

Audio Description logo

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

Secondary Events on Each Event

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring WEST SIDE STORY cast members Shaun Repetto and Jonathan Freeland, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.