Hit musical „West Side Story“ performances both in Estonian and English
On May 24, legendary musical „West Side Story“ by Leonard Bernstein will premiere at the Estonian National Opera. An outstanding double cast of the best Estonian and foreign musical actors, giving performances both in Estonian and English, will electrify audiences with such classic songs as “Maria”, “Tonight”, “Somewhere”, “America” and “I Feel Pretty”. Performances in Estonian feature Hanna-Liina Võsa, Piret Krumm, Heldur Harry Põlda, Juss Haasma and Tamar Nugis. Jade Davies, Nicole Deon, Cameron Sharp, Davide Fienauri and Jeronimas Milius are starring in English performances.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story “Romeo and Juliet”, and set amidst the rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, “West Side Story’s” revolutionary choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre.
“West Side Story” was first performed in Estonia 54 years ago, when it was brought on stage by conductor Eri Klas, stage directors Helmi Tohvelman and Vello Rummo, starring Harri Vasar and Helgi Sallo. Last time it was performed in Linnahall 25 years ago in cooperation with Estonian Music Academy, Estonian National Opera, Tallinn Pedagogical University and AS ARISTO. It was conducted by Tarmo Leinatamm and staged by Neeme Kuningas, performed by today’s notable opera singers Toomas Tohert, Rauno Elp, Lauri Vasar, Ain Anger, Tiiu Laur among others.