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April 3, 2014

Classic Broadway musical, 'West Side Story,' at Purdue April 24

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of "West Side Story" is coming to Purdue University, at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 in Elliott Hall of Music. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. Thomas Adler, professor emeritus of English, will discuss "West Side Story."

"West Side Story" tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. The Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score features such classics as "Something's Coming, "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

sThree theatrical luminaries wrote the show: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Bernstein (music) and Sondheim (lyrics), in his Broadway debut. 

Tickets are $22-$52 for adults and $22-$39 for those 18 and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photographs are available at http://www.convocations.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/WSS0007rPhoto-credit-Carol-Rosegg.jpg.