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West Side Story - in concert

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Müpa: Béla Bartók National Concert Hall1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
On Thursday 27 February 2020 at 19:00
Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990)West Side Story (Concert performance)

Musical in two parts, in English, with Hungarian prose and Hungarian surtitles

September 1957 saw the birth of one of the greatest classics of musical theatre, a masterpiece that retains its social relevance to this day, with vocal parts that are operatic in their difficulty. This was a time when the world of the commercial theatre had attracted creative artists from the realms of classical music, dance and literary drama who had no wish to dichotomise their careers into work on popular genres and more serious ones. Then in his thirties, Leonard Bernstein composed magnificent music of operatic calibre to lyrics by the (at the time still greenhorn) Stephen Sondheim. Several of the songs in West Side Story – including America, Tonight and Somewhere – became hits all over the world. On this occasion, the widely familiar tunes and the still extremely relevant story will come to life in concert version in Müpa Budapest’s concert hall, performed by the artists of the Hungarian State Opera under the baton of Gergely Kesselyák.

The performance is produced with special permission from Music Theatre International (421 West 54th St, New York, NY 10019, tel: 212-541-4684, www.MTIShows.com). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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