Make plans to see West Side Story in Ottawa this March
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Monday, 06 February 2012 13:18
There may be nothing like seeing a spectacular Broadway show and witnessing an amazing example of theatrical performances still popular today. However, if travellers do not want to venture all the way to New York City, those interested in travel through Canada can stop in Ottawa this March for a classic Broadway performance. The National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa will be hosting a production of West Side Story performed by the Broadway Across Canada theatre troupe. This exciting and classic show will surely delight both young and old travellers who choose to experience the magic of this event while in Canada's capital city.
West Side Story has been enjoyed by theatre-goers for more than 50 years. It tells the tale of two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. These groups reside in New York City, during a time when tensions were high and tolerance of different kinds of people was low. Maria and Tony come from opposite sides of the issue, fall in love and fight to be together. The intense and passionate storyline is displayed through amazing songs, dance and progressive ideals presented in theatrical prowess. The current cast and crew has beautifully preserved many of the original set and costume ideas to keep the traditions of this play alive.
The idea was to make a modern Romeo and Juliet set in a more urban and raw setting. The play was executed successfully and has enjoyed a long-standing presence in theatre throughout the world. Many famous songs stem from the original Broadway cast, including "I Feel Pretty," "America" and "Tonight." Though the conclusion is sad and everything doesn't turn out perfectly for the star-crossed lovers, this play can teach important lessons about love, honour and respect that can inspire all types of travellers who witness this great show.
Those interested in attending should know that the material is best suited for audience members ages 13 and up. For more information, travellers can visit either the National Arts Centre's website, or check out the official page for West Side Story. Performances will take place in the city from March 13th through the 18th. Seeing this performance for the first or 40th time can make for a wonderful activity to experience with the whole family on a great stay in Ottawa this spring.