West Side Story and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will be the two musicals mounted in the 2009 season.
A Funny Thing . . . will be at the Avon Theatre, where the musicals are this season.
West Side Story, which appeared ten years ago at the Avon Theatre, will be in the Festival Theatre this time. General Manager Antoni Cimolino explains the choice to the Beacon Herald:
"Since West Side Story was earlier produced at the Avon, 'artistically, it seemed to provide new abilities to experiment and grow by putting that one on the main stage,' he said.
"As well, there are other shows the Festival wants to stage at the Avon next year.
"People may be wondering if the Festival is selling fewer tickets this year because the musicals are at the Avon, said Mr. Cimolino, but in 1999 with the musicals at the Avon, sales went up. Seating capacity is the same or increased with more shows staged there, so that's not the issue.
"'We want to make it (the show) different and new,' he said."
Casting has not been announced yet, but for all the details that have been, you can read the reports from CBC News (basic), the Canadian Press (basic), the Globe and Mail (basic), or Playbill (extensive).