West Side Story Wows Audiences
Despite a few opening-night technical hitches, West Side Story’s first show at DUCTAC was a roaring success. Kudos to Julian Essex-Spurrier, who plays ‘Riff’, for getting through his opening scene with a faulty mic – Julian, we still heard every beautifully sang word.
Shona White, who plays Puerto Rican ‘Anita’, had the Ahlan! Live team’s jazz hands all aflutter with her racy rendition of la-la-la-la America! For a moment there we all wanted to live in Amereeka. And Michael Rouse (Tony) and Elisa Doughy (Maria) gave flawless vocals to the lead character throughout. Special mentions must go to supporting cast members Sammy Moore, Joel Gray and James Casaki who we couldn’t keep our eyes off.
Such winning performances twinned with world-class vocals make this a production that’ll have you singing West Side Story classics all the way home.
INFO: Tickets cost Dhs135 for balcony seats, Dhs165 in the stalls and Dhs1,000 for a VIP box seat for four; 7.30pm, 19 to 21 July; 2.30pm and 7.30pm, 22 and 23 July. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 4777, www.timeouttickets.com.