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'West Side Story' Performed Live Here in Tucson

Greyson F

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As one of the most successful retellings of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story continues to dazzle audiences around the world. While the movie is currently receiving and updated (with the new version under the watchful eye of legendary director Steven Spielberg) the Broadway show remains a fan-favorite for production houses both big and small. And now, it’s your opportunity to see West Side Story, right here in Tucson, put on by the Arts Express Theatre.

The Arts Express Theatre here in town has a new home: the Park Place Mall. This should make attending the show easier for just about everyone. Parking is plentiful and you may be out and about, doing some window shopping and realize there is a live performance about to start. 

Live theater is just getting started again here in Tucson, so if you’ve been itching to take in a live show, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do just that. Additionally, you can grab a meal before or after the show right in the mall or nearby at one of the many local restaurants. 

The show will kick off on April 23 (Friday) and is scheduled to run for two and a half hours. The April 23 show begins at 7: PM. It will continue until May 2. Some days will have two shows, with the earlier showing starting at 2 PM and running until 4:30 PM. 

Seating will be a bit different for this event over what you might be accustomed to when going to a live show. The new stage inside of the mall is not elevated. And, instead of you sitting in a regular theater seat, you will be seated at a table. It is more akin to a dinner theater production in terms of seating. Each table will sit up to six guests (all facing the stage, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally purchasing a chair that’s facing the wrong way). 

The majority of the tables are on ground level. However, there are several sets of elevated seats that do require stair access. These are slightly further back than the other tables and chairs, but if you like to have an elevated view of the performance, these seats are your best option. 

Tickets run on a sliding scale, and the more tickets you purchase the less expensive each ticket becomes. If you’re interested in a single ticket, a one-person ticket will run $40. Buying two tickets will cost $75 (saving you $5) while buying three tickets will run $105 (saving $15). Buying four tickets will cost $125, buying five tickets will run $145, and buying an entire table will run $165. This does make for an excellent price if you want to see the show with friends and split up the cost of admission. 

If you are interested in buying tickets you can purchase them directly through the link here. This will be the first live, non-streamed performance for Arts Express. There will also be some specific COVID-19 requirements. This will be contact-free seating and seating will be limited to 120 (instead of a full capacity of 360). Masks will be required to be worn, and there will be a no-touch playbill emailed to you upon the purchase of your ticket. 

Of course, if you’d like to find out more about the director, the cast, and crew of the West Side Story production here in town, or if you’re interested in learning more about Arts Express, head on over to the website. You can even discover how to purchase tickets for the entire upcoming play season. 

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