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The musical West Side Story reaches Sala Sinfónica of Auditorio de Tenerife with five performances. The Broadway classic is coming to the island with 32 actors and can be enjoyed on 4, 5 and 6 July. The only performance on the first day is at 8:30 pm. There will be two performances on the other days at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Tickets are now available at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, except holidays, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

From the very beginning to the last sigh, West Side Story is one of the major musicals of universal theatre. The score, composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, is acknowledged as one of the best on the history of musicals. The lyrics, by Arthur Laurens, are as touching and current as they when first performed.

The original choreographies by Jerome Robbins, have a place of honour in contemporary dance. The greatest love story is taken onto the streets of New York and turn into one of the musical theatre landmarks of all times.

In West Side Story, Arthur Laurens transports Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the city of New York, where two young lovers are trapped by the conflicts of two street gangs, the Americans Jet and the Puerto Ricans Shark. Their fight for survival in an atmosphere of hatred, violence and prejudices, shapes one of the most exciting, heart-breaking and beautiful stories in musical theatre.

Produced by SOM Produce and coinciding with the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the full original version as it premiered in Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway, 1957) is now put on in Spain. West Side Story, which has been running nonstop across the world since its premier in 1957, has received all the awards in musical theatre in its many different revivals.

The film version, winner of 10 Oscars, is the record-holder for most awarded film in the history of musicals and runs four in all categories. The Library of Congress of the United States has selected it for conservation by the National Film Archive given its cultural, historical and aesthetic relevance.

Its soundtrack was number 1 for best-sold albums for more weeks than any other throughout history (Billboard, 54 weeks, followed by Michael Jackson’s Thriller, 37 weeks), with iconic songs like MaríaAmerica or Tonight, among others.

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The Musical.IES Project is premiering at 7:00 pm on Sunday, the 7th their new show Ítaca at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife.  This musical, in which 160 secondary school students from nine schools on the island are taking part, will transport the audience to 1990s New York, in a sitcom atmosphere where crowded scenes are combined with more intimate ones. This week, President of Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, attended one of the rehearsals with the Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero.

The President of the Cabildo admits he is very fond of this project “which is one of the diamonds in the crown of Tenerife 2030, that will be heart forever”. “Creativity, innovation, languages… Musical.IES amply fulfils the values and objectives of the Tenerife 2030 strategy”, he highlighted and thanked the artistic team of the musical, and especially the participants and parents. “It’s very exciting to see them every year”, he said.

The musical is set in the bustling unstoppable 1990s New York. In Sullivan Street, there is a small corner to put your feet up, take a deep breath and let your heart rest. Ítaca is a small bar, full of memories and of lives lived to the full. If the viewer decides to pay them a visit, they will meet all the regulars and will embark on an adventure called life. Ítaca invites the audience to take a seat, make themselves comfortable, they’ll be served soon.

Actually, a comfy sofa is one of the main elements in this production, directed by Melodie Pérez. Other members of the pedagogic team include Alejandro de la Barreda, Elena Feria, Mirela Fregolent, Daniel Morales, Ubaldo Pérez and Roxana Schmunk. Apart from the family performance, there will be two school performances on Monday, the 8th, at 10:00 am and 11:45 am for over 3,000 students from some thirty schools on the island.

Like every year, the theme is chosen with the students participating who reach an agreement that is then developed by the creative team of the project. Rehearsals start at the beginning of the year in the schools in combination with Saturday sessions. A few weeks before the premiere, they get together and outline the scenes and songs which are known to the general public.  

The education centres taking part in the project are:  I.E.S Alcalde Bernabé, I.E.S Teobaldo Power, I.E.S San Benito, I.E.S Los Realejos, I.E.S María Pérez Trujillo, I.E.S. Punta Larga, I.E.S Los Cristianos, C.E.O Leoncio Rodríguez and C.I.F.P César Manrique.

Musical.IES is one of the best-established projects of Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, and it enjoys the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”. In this experience, youths learn how professional artists work and perform at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife and all the means involved.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, except holidays; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327

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From 27 December to 4 January Auditorio de Tenerife is host to ten performances of Dirty Dancing, the theatre version of the great 1980s film classic. In the presentation of the show the details of the musical were revealed by the leading actor Laura Enrech, who plays Baby Houseman, the tour coordinator Carlos Alexandre, and Auditorio de Tenerife manager, Daniel Cerezo. Twenty-four actors and musicians make up the cast of Dirty Dancing, translated from the big screen into the stage under the direction of Federico Bellone and the production of LetsGo Company.

The protagonist said she was delighted to be on the Island again and perform at the Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife, “which is magical”. “In this show, you’ll see exactly the same as in the film, which apart from being a universal love story deals with current social issues”, the actor revealed. She has performed on the island in other musicals like Mamma Mia! and The Miserables.

Carlos Alexandre admitted that “we’re very proud of this production, which has had an average 80% attendance during the tour that has already included 36 cities and more than 600,000 viewers”.

Daniel Cerezo emphasized that Auditorio de Tenerife likes to reserve a space for musicals at Christmas time. “Last year we had an in-house production, Sunset Boulevard and this year, Dirty Dancing which has been across the country. We always end the year with a musical”, explained the manager.

The stage has three revolving sets to take the audience to the different settings where the action takes place, like Kellerman’s Hotel where Baby is staying with her parents in a seemingly boring holidays; the hall, the dining-room, the staff quarters, the garden, the guest rooms, and the basement where the staff practice the "dirty dancing".

Costumes take the audience some decades back: dozens of wigs and hundreds of garments showcase the style of the period. The play finally hits the stage full of passion and romance and with music that speeds hearts up and spectacularly sensual dances. The show includes the original soundtrack of the great and unforgettable songs of the film including Hungry Eyes¡Hey! BabyDo you Love Me? And the Oscar-winning theme (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.

The author of the film herself, Eleanor Bergstein, has taken care of the theatrical adaptation of the musical. The film re-invented the dance genre through a new style and an incredible story that gripped viewers back in 1987 when it was first released. The theatre version, also record-breaking worldwide, manages to convey to the stage the nostalgia of the 1980s with all the feelings aroused by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze on the silver screen. 

In the summer of 1963, young Frances Baby Houseman’s life is about to change. While on holiday with her parents and her older sister at the luxurious Kellerman’s in New York’s Catskill Mountains, Baby accidentally comes across a wild party full of music and dance in the staff area. Fascinated by the provocative dance steps and the mesmerizing music rhythms, she cannot help plunging into that world, especially after meeting Johnny Castle, the hotel’s dance instructor. Baby becomes his dance partner both on and off stage: two young spirits get together in what is to become the most challenging summer in their lives.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com, here or calling 902 317 327

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