May 10, 2019
West Side Story Insider
Each spring, Lyric invites a group of 5-10 musical theater “superfans” to be Social Media Insiders. Last week, 10 lucky fans got the chance to live-tweet the final Dress Rehearsal of West Side Story and get an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.
Scroll down to experiece West Side Story through their eyes!
Getting ready for the dance
“You can start out dancing and end up kneeling” Anita is the big sister we all deserve #LyricWSS— Lindsey (@TheLindseyRaker) May 2, 2019
"Dance at the Gym"
Love at first sight
Thank God my stage makeup from my show this morning is waterproof because I just openly BAWLED at the lighting and Maria/Tony’s exchange during the dance scene.— Allison ℝosè (@AllieRoseRita) May 2, 2019
So pure. So much butterflies.
So much mascara that should be down my face.#LyricWSS #WSSInsider
Maria is one of my favorite song written for the stage. So simple yet so profound and Corey singing it sounds like a dream. A masterclass in how to act a song. That b flat is gorgeous!! #lyricWSS #WSSInsider— Luke Funk (@funk_luke) May 2, 2019
In true fashion as all fans of the classic gem, Corey Cott and Mikaela Bennett delivers a beautiful, valentine moment for the soul in their Balcony Scene and TONIGHT, as it should be delivered. Cott’s boyish and starstruck charm with Bennett! #WSSInsider #LyricWSS— BoyWonder212 (@JamesEDauphin) May 2, 2019
I love a dance number that is classic broadway at its core but also feels incredibly fresh, modern and relevant. ‘Cool’ does that in spades. I can’t say enough positive things about these dancers and the choreography. #WSSInsider #lyricWSS— Luke Funk (@funk_luke) May 2, 2019
"One Hand One Heart"
The Quintet is a musical masterpiece and lyric’s ensemble does not disappoint in anyway. @MikaelaBennett_ and her high C soar over the full company for a thrilling climax to the song. #wssinsider #LyricWSS— Luke Funk (@funk_luke) May 2, 2019
"I Feel Pretty"
So much struggle and heartache we endure these days. So many times with so many productions of the show, so many viewings of the movie .... and SOMEWHERE, resonates ever so deep in our souls, a dream we hope peace and love WILL conquer! Heartstrings pulled strong! #WSSInsider— BoyWonder212 (@JamesEDauphin) May 2, 2019
"Gee, Officer Krupke"
Doc is the only sensible adult in this whole story #LyricWSS— Lindsey (@TheLindseyRaker) May 2, 2019
WEST SIDE STORY at Lyric Opera is a MUST SEE! Beautiful and heart wrenching performances, fierce choreography and our culture staple! Fill your soul and get tickets NOW! It’s sure to hear the words SOLD OUT, get your tickets ‘TONIGHT’!#WSSInsider #LyricWSS— BoyWonder212 (@JamesEDauphin) May 2, 2019
Share your thoughts!
While you can’t live-tweet a regular performance, you can share your thoughts during intermission and after the show by tagging @LyricOpera and hashtag #LyricWSS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. During your next visit, be sure to stop by our photo booth in the Rice Grand Foyer for a free souvenir photo and use our West Side Story geofilter on Snapchat! For a look at life as a “West Side Story Insider,” check out this blog post from Identically Unique and get your tickets before this hit musical closes June 2.
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West Side Story at @lyricopera was beautifully acted and sung, and extraordinarily danced by the incredible ensemble. The principals lead by @naponacott and @mikaelabennett_ were wonderful. This production is a masterclass in nuanced performances, acting through song, and dance. Don’t miss this universal story of love, hate, forgives, and humanity. #lyricwss #westsidestory #sondheim #bernstein #lyricopera #musicaltheater
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