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EVER since the Sharks and the Jets hit the Broadway stage in 1957, West Side Story has been one of the most popular musicals ever staged.

And with good reason – it's packed full of high-kicking dance routines and show-stopping songs such as Maria, America and I Feel Pretty.

Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the 1961 film won ten Academy Awards – pretty impressive, huh?

The musical is set in Manhattan's Upper West Side and explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs – one white, one Puerto Rican.

When Tony and Maria fall in love everything goes a bit pair shaped.

This is sure to be a great night at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre with performances starting tonight for a fortnight.

STAND up musical comedian and Tony-nominated actor Stephen Lynch is the hot new thing on the comedy circuit.

And now the American comic – who played Robbie Hart in the stage version of The Wedding Singer – will return to The Olympia with his Lion tour for one night only on Saturday, November 9.

His routine consists of songs about acid trips, tattoos and reluctant veganism and will have audience members in stitches.

Speaking about spending time on the road Stephen says he likes "seeing the world, meeting new people, room service, clean sheets every day, and pay-per-view movies".

But he dislikes "airport hangovers, meeting new people, room service, layovers, paternity suits, inevitable weight-gain."

Go figure.

IT'S going to be a killer show. This December, Rough Magic SEEDS will bring Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins to the Project Arts Centre.

This dark and dangerously funny show takes the audience on a ride through the lives, loves and lunacy of the nine men and women who killed, or tried to kill, American presidents, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

One of Ireland's brightest young theatre directors Ronan Phelan is at the helm of the show and with Sondheim's impressive score this show is not to be missed.