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Broadway Rose presents 'West Side Story'

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CRAIG MITCHELLDYER - Mia Pinero as Maria and Andrew Wade as Tony in Broadway Rose Theatre Companys production of West Side Story, running July 1-24 at the Deb Fennell Auditorium in Tigard.

Broadway Rose Theatre Company continues its 25th-anniversary season with “West Side Story,” playing at the Deb Fennell Auditorium.

Based on Shakespeare’s greatest love story, “Romeo and Juliet,” the iconic “West Side Story” is known for rousing ballads such as “Somewhere” and “Maria,” and its exciting choreography. Opening night was Friday, July 1. Performances continue through July 24, with 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees Sundays and July 16 and 23.

“West Side Story” places ill-fated lovers Tony and Maria amidst racial tensions and rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Their struggle to escape hate, violence and prejudice to find a place together remains a heart wrenching and relevant story. With its brilliant, passionate score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and pioneering choreography by Jerome Robbins, “West Side Story” has set the bar for all musical theater for more than 50 years.

The cast features Andrew Wade (Tony), Mia Pinero (Maria), Austin Arizpe (Bernardo), Kayla Dixon (Anita), Drew Shafranck (Riff) and Feliciano Tencos-Garcia (Chino). The adults are played by Garland Lyons (Lt. Shrank), Mark Pierce (Doc) and Jeremy Southard (Officer Krupke).

Tickets are priced from $30 to $50 for adults, with discounts available for groups and youth.

The Deb Fennell Auditorium is located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road in Tigard. For a full listing of performances and to order tickets, visit broadwayrose.org, call 503-620-5262 or visit the box office at 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard.

— Barb Randall