Welcome to John Garcia's THE COLUMN
WEST SIDE STORYBook by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Tyler Civic Theatre Center Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins Directed by Steve Jones Assistant Direction by Victoria Dickson Choreography by Nicholas Sheffield Produced by David Dickerson, Melissa Comes, Martha Jane Wallace Music Direction by Emily Boron Stage Manager- Jackson Holmes Costume Director- Ethan Gonzalez Technical Direction by Dave Dickson
Presented by Tyler Civic Theatre
Runs through 8/8/2021
Reviewed by Tracy Jordan,
Guest Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
Two years ago, this month I attended a Tyler Civic Theatre Center performance of Disney’s Newsies and were extremely impressed by the talent on display in east Texas. Last July, I was invited to attend a production of West Side Story by director Steven Jones, but travel plans were cut short when the performance run was canceled due to COVID. Fast forward to this year and the cast and creative team have been brought back together and the production remounted. So, I gassed up the car and headed to Tyler with great expectations of seeing another strong performance- and I was not disappointed.
The story of West Side Story is a compelling one, Jerome Robbins’ modern adaptation of the Shakespearean Romeo & Juliet with the conflict of the Sharks and ...