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West Side Story
This event has endedSaturday Jul 27, 2019
Tickets: $35 - $75
Four performing arts nonprofits. One classic and timely American musical. The San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED), San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SF BATCO), the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company (YPTMTC, a program of San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department) and the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony present a one-night only performance of West Side Story benefitting arts education programs for San Francisco youth. The show is at 7pm on Saturday, July 27, at the Palace of Fine Arts.
The multigenerational cast of 70 includes performers, ages 9-14, from SFArtsED’s Broadway Bound summer camp along with young adults from YPTMTC and SF BATCO, who range in age from 15 to 30 and serve as mentors and co-stars to the younger performers. The celebrated score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim will performed by the 35-piece UC Berkeley Summer Symphony.
Heading the West Side Story creative team is director Danny Duncan, a 40-year Bay Area theater veteran, who also helmed the 2017 SFArtsED/SF BATCO production of Ragtime. Also returning from that production are choreographers Laura Elaine Ellis and Jamie Yuen Shore, who are joined here by Nicola Bosco-Alvarez. Jennifer Huang and Henry Shin conduct the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony, with production musical direction by Barry Koron.
The cast of this classic musical – which returns to Broadway this fall and will soon be a Steven Spielberg film – includes SFArtsED alums Ryan Doyle as Tony, Olivia Florentino as Maria and Anisa Henry as Anita. SF BATCO company members include Marcelo Pereira as Riff and Tosh Harris Santiago as Action. And YPTMTC alums include Rafael Molina as Bernardo and Anthony Chan as Chino.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and follow signs indicating Downtown San Francisco. Stay to the left and take the Marina exit; you’ll see the sign overhead. While you might be tempted to take a right at the first stop light (Lyon Street) and pull directly into the Palace of Fine Arts, pass the Lyon Street entrance and proceed straight on Marina Boulevard. Then:
NOTE: Avoid bearing left on Marina Boulevard; that stretch of Marina Boulevard turns into an onramp for Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. If you inadvertently end up on the approach to the Bridge, don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to exit to the right just before the toll plaza. You can then make your way back to the Palace of Fine Arts through the Presidio or retry the directions from above.
Cross the Bay Bridge. Follow the signs to the 9th Street exit. Stay in the right-hand lane. Go one block and turn right onto 9th Street. Stay in the left-hand lane. Immediately after Market Street, veer left onto Hayes Street. Then:
Take Highway 101 North to the Market Street/Van Ness exit. Take Van Ness to Lombard (look for signs to the Golden Gate Bridge). Turn left onto Lombard. Once on Lombard, get into the right-hand lane. Then:
Follow 19th Avenue through Golden Gate Park; 19th Avenue becomes Park Presidio Boulevard on the other side of the Park. Follow signs for the Highway 101 Detour. Then:
The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre has convenient access to public transportation. We are accessible by San Francisco Muni buses #30, #43, #28, and #29. Muni bus lines #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus. For more information, call Muni at (415) 673-6864 or check the SFMTA trip planner.
If you’re taking BART, get off at the Montgomery Street station, walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street, and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner.
Virtually all downtown-bound Golden Gate Transit buses stop nearby the Theatre. Ask your driver for directions or call Golden Gate Transit Information at 511 (toll-free) or 415-455-2000 (outside the Bay Area).