Coronation Street stars at The Lowry
Stars of the small-screen arrive at The Lowry
Coronation Street stars Antony Cotton (Sean Tully) and Katherine Kelly (Becky Granger) were treading the boards at The Lowry last night, just minutes before the curtain went up, to meet the cast of one of their favourite musicals - West Side Story.
Like many TV performers Antony and Katherine began their careers on stage and they jumped at the chance to meet the cast of the musical at The Lowry.
"West Side Story is just a great, great musical. All those big hit songs are wonderful. It’s a legendary production and I’m full of admiration for the cast. Coming to The Lowry takes me back to my days in theatre. It’s been a while since I performed on stage and chatting to the cast reminds me how rewarding it can be.”
West Side Story is at The Lowry until Sat 11 October. The 50th anniversary version directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely, former assistant to Jerome Robbins, comes direct from London and sell-out successes in Paris, Tokyo and Bejing.
Alongside the stage musical, and the 1961 film version, which won ten Academy Awards, the original creative team of West Side Story have gained legendary status. The groundbreaking choreography by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, and the unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, dealt with dark themes and marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Based on Romeo and Juliet and focusing on social issues, the extended dance scenes and unforgettable songs, including ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’ have become part of public consciousness the world over.
Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, West Side Story explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs; one white the other Puerto Rican. Tony falls in love with Maria, the sister of the rival gang’s leader, the feud takes on a new dimension and as their love blossoms so begins a fatal journey overshadowed by violence and hatred.
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Posted on Wednesday, 01 October 2008 under Press General Press Theatre Press