WEST SIDE STORY LIVE IN OPEN AIR
THEATER ON THE VRIJTHOF AND THE PHILHARMONIC "ZUID-NEDERLAND"
ON THE VRIJTHOF IN MAASTRICHT
Peter Noten, program director of the Theatre on the Vrijthof, can hardly suppress his enthusiasm. "This is going to be fantastic. We can barely fit a thousand people in our theater and now for this concert we suddenly have a availability of 10,000 people. And all that with this film musical, which has worldwide fame.
It has taken quite some efforts to receive the rights for this production, because they are still part of the estate of composer Leonard Bernstein. But it all worked out. A special team from America will come over to assist us with the implementation of our production. And we had a choice of only a limited number of conductors who are allowed to perform these workings. That turned out to be Wayne Marshall who is very familiar with this musical and who will also perform in our theater later this year as a concert pianist."
Andre Rieu makes stage and equipment available
In 2014 Noten saw "West side Story" live, with an Orchestra in London which played in combination with the film. "That was in the Royal Albert Hall. It's very exciting because every note must be played exactly at the right time. The entire performance lasts almost three hours and you sit on the edge of your seat. "We consider this a highlight to our 25th jubilee year as Theater on the Vrijthof;" said Jean Boelen, director of the Theater on the Vrijthof. Obviously we are very lucky that we can combine this with the concerts ofAndré Rieu who so generously made everything available to us. If we had to build it ourselves, I am afraid our budget would not been able to afford this." Stefan Rosu, director of the philharmonic "Zuid- Netherland", says that the orchestra will be the largest with nearly 100 musicians and that the orchestra is being strengthened with extra specialists, such as five saxophonists, due to the technical challenges (e.g. the coordination of movie and music on the main square) we are very happy with conductor Wayne Marshall who knows these workings very well, has already done the film version and a good "jazzer". The big challenge is to at certain times to follow the exact rhythm of the film, so that the musicians themselves can look at the images of the film. They must therefore fully rely on the directions of the conductor. And of course there should be a substantial amount of rehearsing in order to get it all in sync."
The story of the musical and film West Side Story is about the romance between Tony and Maria, each belonging to a different street gang in New York. That creates heartbreaking moments. It's an engaging blend of story, song, clans, music and games. The film dates back to 196I and earned no less than Ten Oscars " The film is now completely digitalized so that the images are razor sharp," says Peter Noten.
The presale for the musical starts March 8, and the prices have purposely been kept low. Seat prices are between 25 and 55 euro, depending on their location. There are also, just like with André Rieu concerts, combined terrace arrangements available.
Thank You to John for the Translation and Ineke for the article