McCallum Theatre presents WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT for five performances Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. This classic musical is being exclusively produced by the McCallum Theatre as part of its Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration.  The March 9 performance of West Side Story: In Concert is presented through the generosity of Annette Bloch.  The March 10 performance is presented through the generosity of Richard and Julia Heyman.  The March 11 performance is presented through the generosity of Edeltraud and Patrick M. McCarthy.

With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story is one of the most beloved and celebrated musicals in Broadway history.  The original 1957 Broadway production ran for 732 performances and was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical, winning for Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design.  The 1961 musical film, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

The score includes many iconic songs including “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “America,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty” and “One Hand, One Heart,” among many others.  The musical was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Produced and directed by Chad Hilligus, the limited McCallum engagement will feature an onstage 40-piece orchestra under the baton of Grammy-winning conductor Richard Kaufman.  An all-star cast direct from the Broadway and National Tour companies of West Side Story will appear on the McCallum stage and include Ali Ewoldt, who currently stars as Christine in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, as Maria alongside Matthew Hydzik as Tony and Natalie Cortezas Anita, both of whom appeared in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. They will be joined by John Arthur Greene as Riff, Mikey Winslow as Action, Christopher Rice as Baby John, Alex Ringler as Diesel, Ryan Ghysels as A-Rab and Clay Thomson as Snowboy.

German Alexander will lead the Sharks as Bernardo and will be joined by Dean Andre De Luna as Chino, Maya Post as Rosalia, Tanairi Sade Vazquez as Consuela, Alexandra Blake Redelico as Francisca and Adrian Arrieta as Pepe.

Tickets for West Side Story: In Concert are $107, $97, $77 and $47 and are available at the Theatre’s website at or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.