Audiences are likely to recognize songs such as "New York, New York," composed by Leonard Bernstein in collaboration with writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The musical follows the adventures of three American sailors searching for fun and female companionship during a 24-hour shore leave in New York City in wartime 1944.
In leading roles are: from Woodside, Christian Canellos as Ozzie, Stefan Sujansky as Chip, and Sophia Ashworth as Claire; from Emerald Hills, Derek Smith as Gabey, and Sam Borthwick as Hilde; and from Redwood City, Cella Hussussian as Ivy.
Directed by Barry Woodruff, the show is filled with colorful dance numbers, including "Imaginary Coney Island," a ballet originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
A cast of more than 50 students, accompanied by a live orchestra made up of student and professional musicians, will put on five shows over two weekends.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 23 and 24.
Go to whsdramaboosters.org to buy tickets or call 650-367-9750, ext. 43706.
Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for people 65 and older, and $10 for students and staff. Groups of 15 may receive a discount.
Woodside High School Performing Arts Center is located at 199 Churchill Ave. in Woodside.
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