UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free with the PBT Orchestra

A Jerome Robbins & Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration…

PBT celebrates the 100th birthdays of collaborators Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein with three company premieres. The theatrical West Side Story Suite samples iconic songs (with dancer vocal debuts!) and Tony-winning choreography from the duo’s groundbreaking musical (1957) and film. PBT also debuts in Robbins’ first ballet and claim to fame: Fancy Free (1944), an early Bernstein collaboration that inspired the Broadway hit On the Town. Rounding out the program is a more rarely seen Robbins masterwork: his classical In the Night (1970), which sets romantic pas de deux for three couples to four Chopin nocturnes.

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West Side Story:
Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
Music by: Leonard Bernstein (“Prologue,” “Something’s Coming,” “Dance at the Gym,” “Cool,” “America,” “Rumble,” and “Somewhere Ballet,” from West Side Story, 1957)
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Scenic Design: Oliver Smith
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

In the Night:
Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
Music: Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 27, No. 1 (1835); Nocturnes Opus 55, No. 1 and No. 2 (1843); Nocturne Opus 9, No. 2 (1830-1831) for solo piano
Costumes by: Anthony Dowell
Lighting by: Jennifer Tipton

Fancy Free:
Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Performance Times

  • Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. – Alexandre Silva Farewell Performance

Theater Programs

Enrich your theater experience!

Plan to join us at an educational program to learn more about West Side Story Suite + In the Night. All programs are free and are held at the Benedum Center.

Fri., May 4: Afterthoughts (begins immediately after the 8 p.m. performance)

Don’t miss this special opening night discussion with artists who staged, rehearsed and coached the ballets. Répétiteur Julio Monge (West Side Story Suite), Bart Cook (In the Night and Fancy Free) and vocal coach Joan Barber join Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr for a lively audience Q & A. Located at the front of the orchestra section in the theater; no reservations necessary.

Sat., May 5, 7 – 7:30 p.m: Insights

This weekend is a celebration of the 100th anniversaries of the births of Jerome Robbins and his life-long friend and collaborator, Leonard Bernstein. Tonight PBT Maestro Charles Barker and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr discuss Bernstein – one of America’s greatest composers – and his brilliant scores for Fancy Free and West Side Story Suite. On the Mezzanine. Please reserve your spot here or email education@pittsburghballet.org.

Sun., May 6, 2 – 2:30 p.m: Talks with Terry

Never seen ballet class before? This is your chance! Watch a few minutes of the end of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr rounds out the program with a ballet preview and a Q & A with the audience. In the theater, no reservations necessary.

Sun., May 6, 3 p.m: Audio-described performance; closed captioning also available

This performance will be accompanied by a live narration of the ballet for visually impaired patrons; closed captioning is available upon request. Please contact us for closed captioning at education@pittsburghballet.org. Thank you!

Learn about the ballets before you head to the theater with our Audience Guide!

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View the cast list here.

Audience Guide

Learn about the ballets before you head to the theater with our Audience Guide.

Run Time

Fancy Free – 32:00
Intermission – 15:00
In The Night – 23:00
Intermission – 15:00
West Side Story Suite – 35:00

Total Approximate Run Time:  2:00:00
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