Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2009 Musicals Confirmed

From the Canadian Press:

"West Side Story and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are slated to be staged at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival next year.

"Des McAnuff, the festival's artistic director, notes that both musicals have ties to the Bard.

"West Side Story, he says, was based on Romeo and Juliet, while Forum was heavily influenced by A Comedy of Errors.

"McAnuff, who directed the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, will take the helm of Forum with choreographer Wayne Cilento.

"The pair have previously worked together on Broadway productions of The Who's Tommy as well as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

"West Side Story will be directed by Gary Griffin, who will make his Stratford debut. His credits include the Broadway production of Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple.

"West Side Story has been produced at the festival once before, in 1999.

"This is the first time Forum will be staged at Stratford."

Read the official press release.

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