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'West Side Story' among top stage picks

'West Side Story'

The Sharks and Jets battle it out in the revival of West Side Story that playwright Arthur Laurents revised and directed before he died in 2011. The big news was that Laurents — part of the 1957 musical's legendary creative team with Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Jerome Robbins (direction and choreography) — incorporated Spanish into the dialogue and song lyrics of the Puerto Rican characters, such as I Feel Pretty/Me Siento Hermosa, though some of that has been changed back to the original English. A touring production, with Addison Reid Coe as Tony and Maryjoanna Grisso as Maria, opens Friday and has five shows through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $50-$70. (727) 791-7400;

'How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents'

Stageworks winds up its season with Karen Zacarias' stage adaptation of the Julia Alvarez novel about four Dominican-American sisters, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Directed by artistic director Anna Brennen, with choreography by Carolyn Esparza, the play has a cast of nine, including Cornelio Aguilera and Marlene Peralta. It opens Friday and runs through July 7 at the Tampa theater. $22, $26, with $10 tickets for students, artists and military a half hour before curtain. Preview tonight. Saturday sold out. (813) 727-2708;

Core Performance Company

Based in Atlanta and Houston, the Core Performance Company is in residence at the Florida Dance Festival this year. It performs works by artistic director Sue Schroeder (STILL), Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer (The Liberated Accident, Chapter 1), Leslie Scates (herd) and Becky Valls (Web) at 8 p.m. Saturday in Theatre 2 on the USF campus in Tampa. $15, $20. The company leads a modern dance master class at 11 a.m. Sunday. (800) 982-2787;

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

'West Side Story' among top stage picks 06/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:37pm]
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