By B S Reporter
After the successful run of its first international presentation ‘The Sound of Music', the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre brings to India yet another Grammy and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical – ‘West Side Story'. Directed by Broadway luminary Lonny Price, this modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet' will be staged at The Grand Theatre – the Cultural Centre's world-class performing arts space – between 16th – 27th August.
The Cultural Centre is home to three performing arts spaces: the majestic 2,000-seater Grand Theatre, the technologically advanced 250-seater Studio Theatre, and the dynamic 125-seater Cube. The Cultural Centre also features the Art House, a four-storey dedicated visual arts space built as per global museum standards with the aim of housing an array of exhibits and installations from the finest artistic talent across India and the world.
Commenting on the occasion, founder and chairperson, Nita Ambani said, “We are delighted to bring yet another iconic Broadway musical ‘West Side Story' to India for the very first time. This carries forward our vision of showcasing the best of India to the world and bringing the best of the world to India. At the heart of this theatrical is the emotion of love – a force that transcends boundaries and binds cultures. I thank all the friends of NMACC for their wholehearted support to our Centre; and invite them to join us in this celebration of love through art and music.”
‘West Side Story' narrates the story of two young, star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, in the throes of life-changing events that play out on the streets of 1950's New York. In this vibrant and passionate retelling, trouble brews on Upper West Side as rival gangs Jets (American) and Sharks (Puerto Rican) battle for dominance of the neighbourhood, even as the protagonists – whose kin are sworn enemies – find themselves irrevocably in love.