There has been controversy from the beginning with West Side Story, but it was announced that the show will not return in 2021.
West Side Story Is Not Returning
Producer Kate Horton has decided that a revival of West Side Story will not happen in September when Broadway reopens. The production of the award-winning musical was a production whose return plans were not confirmed. At the time, New York announced on May 14 that the industry will return to 100 capacity September 14, almost two years after the coronavirus pandemia struck.
Horton made a statement in which she said that bringing back the revival was impractical.
As a result of workplace harassment, Howard assumed Scott Rudin’s position as the producer of the forthcoming revival of The Music Man. Broadway has announced various reopening plans with different shows with leadership in place.
Horton said the West Side Story revival will not come back to Broadway. Sadly, reopening is not a possibility due to the number of unforeseen obstacles encountered along the way.
Many of the impressive Broadway performers had their Broadway debuts in the production of West Side Story.
Reinstating Ramasar and Protesters
Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove’s cutting-edge production required some new choreography, he shortened the performance to under two hours and was protested since the company had just dismissed Amar Ramasar, who was then facing allegations of sending intimate photos of female performers to colleagues.
Due to complaints from protesters outside the theatre, the performance encountered pickets of people protesting the hiring of Amar Ramasar, who the public criticized for harassment during his tenure at New York City Ballet. After his union filed a complaint, an arbitrator ordered the Ballet to reinstate Ramasar. The production saw behind-the-scenes drama before the pandemic outbreak, with performers injured and the choreography altered. However, sales for the show were high before the epidemic, even before they limited tickets due to the outbreak.
While several reviewers appreciated the timeless music composed by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim, the revival was greeted with mixed reviews.
The musical, which started performances on December 10, 2019, was subsequently stopped by the permanent closure on March 12, 2020. After West Side Story was ruled ineligible for the 2019-2020 Tony Awards season, it was said that officials announced the cutoff date of February 19, 2020.
West Side Story‘s original creative team was Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, and Leonard Bernstein. The musical was based on an idea developed by Jerome Robbins.
Jan Versweyveld, who has worked with van Hove on many productions for years, designed the set and lighting with five-time Tony nominee An d’Huys as costume designer, while Luke Halls worked on sound design and orchestrations, all assisted by Academy Award winner Jonathan Tunick. Alexander Gemignani acted as the musical director and music supervisor for the production.
About David Milberg
David Milberg is an experienced financial analyst and entrepreneur from New York City. Milberg is a proud father of three kids. Milberg graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and graduated from Columbia University with an MBA. David Milberg currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Milberg Factors, Inc.
Over his tenure at Milberg Factors, David has also been involved in numerous not-for-profit activities. In light of David’s charitable work, he was honored in the year 2000 by the accountants and bankers division of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and by the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Foundation. David Milberg has also been active in the Lincoln Center Business Council.
David Milberg has invested in such major broadway productions as Mel Brook’s The Producers, The Weir, and the hit revival of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus and starring Tony Award Winner Patina Miller at the Leading Player. David sits on the Board of Trustees for The Prospect Theater Company and is a fervent supporter of the Lincoln Center Theater. David Milberg presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club, where he was Vice-Chairman.
David Milberg has a rich, varied background in musical theater and live stage performance.