$31 to See “West Side Story” at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on January 21 at 8 p.m. (Up to $62.05 Value)

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This classic re-imagination of Romeo and Juliet sets a story of gang violence and star-crossed love to a score by Leonard Bernstein

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Expires Jan 21st, 2013. Limit 6 per person. Redeem starting 1/21 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Heymann Performing Arts Center. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see West Side Story at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. For $31, you get one ticket for seating in the rear balcony on Monday, January 21, at 8 p.m. (up to a $62.05 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

In the 1950s, on the Upper West Side of New York, a star-crossed love blooms. Tony, a member of the Jets gang, falls head over heels for Maria, sister to Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The Jets, comprised largely of Polish-American working-class teens have a long-standing rivalry with the Puerto Rican Sharks, leading to countless verbal threats and plenty of finger-snapping dance competitions. As Tony and Maria conspire to escape their conflict-ridden neighborhood to start a new life together, tensions between the gangs swell. Eventually a knife fight explodes between the teenagers, leaving the leaders of both gangs dead and Bernardo’s blood on Tony’s blade. While the tragic story unfolds, a score composed by Leonard Bernstein buoys lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, speaking to love and revenge in numbers such as “I Feel Pretty,” “Somewhere,” and “America.”

When it was first performed on Broadway in 1957, West Side Story was unlike any musical that had come before it. A re-imagination of Romeo and Juliet, the show offered a dark vision of gang violence, racial tension, and tragic romance, juxtaposed against Bernstein’s catchy, largely cheerful melodies.

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