Are you ready for a new and exciting Students at Broadway season?


Greetings, Students at Broadway participants:

Welcome to The Fox Foundation’s Students at Broadway Blog.  A fun and interactive way to learn about the Broadway shows and express your love for Theater!  We are thrilled to announce the show line-up for the Students at Broadway 2014-2015 season! Hope you are excited to see what is coming to the Fox.

Broadway Shows

Defending the Caveman

Saturday, October 10, 2014

2:00 pm

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

8:00 pm

Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

7:30 pm

Mark Twain Tonight

Saturday, January 17, 2015

7:00 pm

Mamma Mia!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

7:30 pm


Saturday, February 14, 2015

2:00 pm


We can’t wait to see you all at the Fox soon!

Stay tune for our first Broadway show blog: Defending the Caveman! Coming this month.

Wayne Brady at the Fox


Born in 1997 in Columbus, Georgia, Wayne Brady auditioned for the British comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and he was cast in several episodes and later starred in the American version as well. In 2001, The Wayne Brady Show first aired, and although the show earned two Daytime Emmys, it was canceled in 2004. Brady returned to host 2007’s FOX network game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Wayne Brady hosted this years BET Honors Awards and is also currently touring the country doing his stand up comedy show Its My Line.

Wayne Brady here at the FOX!

The Fox Riverside Theater Foundation is thrilled to announce that Wayne Brady will be performing at the Fox Performing Arts Center the night of May 16th, 2014. A night full of entertainment, laughter and good times awaits!

Check out Wayne Brady’s comedic talent, singing ability, and amazing dance moves!


Thank you for joining us at West Side Story!

We were able to end the 2013-2014 Broadway season at the Fox with a bang!  More than 400 local students came to the Fox to experience West Side Story on Sunday, March 9th, 2014.

We invite the students and teachers from the schools and organizations who joined us to give us your feedback on the show and your experience at the Fox. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the show and about your learning experience!  If you have any photos from the event, we’d love to see them.  Please email them to

Hope you all enjoyed the show! Thank you for being a wonderful audience and we look forward to seeing you again at the Fox!

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West Side Story the Film

The film adaptation of West Side Story was released on October 18, 1961.  It was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins.   It stars Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Russ Tamblyn as Riff, Rita Moreno as Anita and George Chakiris as Bernardo.  It received praise from critics and the public, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture, as well as a special award for Robbins. West Side Story won more Academy Awards than any other musical film.

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS- Best Picture West Side Story

Best Picture, West Side Story
Best Supporting Actor, George Chakiris
Best Supporting Actress, Rita Moreno
Best Direction, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Best Cinematography, Color, Daniel L. Fapp
Best Art Direction, Color, Boris Leven (Art Direction), Victor Gangelin (Set Decoration)
Best Sound, Fred Hynes, Gordon Sawyer
Best Scoring of a Musical, Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
Best Editing, Thomas Stanford
Best Costumes, Color, Irene Sharaff
Special Award, Jerome Robbins for his brilliant achievement in the art of choreography

Also nominated:
Best Screenplay, Ernest Lehman

Best Soundtrack and Best Jazz Performance

Best Written Musical, Ernest Lehman (for the adapted screenplay)

Best Film

Cinematography, Color, Daniel L. Fapp
Female Supporting Performance, Rita Moreno
Best Musical

Best Motion Picture – Musical
Best Supporting Actor, George Chakiris
Best Supporting Actreess, Rita Moreno

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise and Robert E. Relyea (assistant director)

Check out other places in movies and television where West Side Story is referred to: 

Romeo + Juliet = Tony + Maria

West Side Story is a modern day adaptation of the timeless classic Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Both are stories of two young “star-crossed” lovers whose lives are thwarted by doom and tragedy. Romeo and Juliet, and Tony and Maria strive to keep their blissful relationships alive but are deprived of opportunity to do so—the Renaissance couple by the concept of fate and the modern-day youngsters by the prejudice and hatred.

Check out the opening scenes of both films.  You can see similarities right from the beginning.


Jets VS Sharks

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American working-class group.

Male Jets

Riff: The quick-tempered but zany leader of the Jets.

Tony: The story’s leading man.  The former joint-leader of the Jets, gone straight. Riff’s best friend and Maria’s love interest.

Ice: The second-in-command of the Jets. (Ice was not part of the original stage production.  He was a character created for the movie, but has been adopted in later stage productions.)

Action: The most quick-tempered member of the Jets and always ready for a fight.

A-Rab: Best friends with Baby John.  He is slightly less quick tempered than Action.

Baby John: The youngest Jet who is beaten up during the opening sequence.  He is A-Rab’s best friend.

Other Jets: Snowboy, Joyboy, Big Deal, Tiger, Mouthpiece, Gee-Tar

Male Sharks

Bernardo: Maria’s brother and the leader of the Sharks.

Chino: Maria’s hot-tempered suitor and Bernardo’s best friend.

Pepe: The second-in-command of the Sharks.

Other Sharks: Indio, Loco, Jauno, Luiz, Rocco/Anxious, Toro, Nibbles/Del Campo, Chile

Female Jets

Grazielle: Riff’s girlfriend (Ice’s girlfriend in some productions).

Velma: Ice’s girlfriend (Riff’s girlfriend in some productions).

Minnie: Baby John’s girlfriend

Clarice: Action’s girlfriend

Pauline: A-Rab’s girlfriend

Anybodys: A tag-along tomboy who the guys exclude but is eventually accepted into the gang as the story progresses

Female Sharks

Maria: The story’s leading lady.  Bernardo’s sister and Tony’s love interest.

Anita: The saucy friend of Maria and girlfriend of Bernardo.

Rosalia: Indio’s girlfriend.

Consuela: Pepe’s girlfriend.

Other Sharks: Francisca, Teresita, Estella, Margarita

Find out which character you are by taking this quiz:

Let us know your results in the comments!

The Original Production

Made for The Broadway Stage

West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the entire original Broadway production. The stage version of West Side Story opened in previews on August 20, 1957 in Washington D.C. The musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on September 26, 1957.

 The production ran for 732 performances at before touring and then returned to the Winter Garden Theatre in 1960 for another 253 performance engagement.

Creative minds behind the original Broadway production

Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Book by Arthur Laurents

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein with Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal

Lighting by Jean Rosenthal


Tony Awards:
Scenic Design – Oliver Smith
Choreography – Jerome Robbins

Also nominated:
Carol Lawrence, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Best Conductor/Musical Director, Max Goberman
Best Costume Design, Irene Sharaff