The legendary musical returns to Broadway in a new production from visionary, Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove. More…
From the show:
When the original production of West Side Story first premiered at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957, it utterly changed the face of the American musical theater. A career-defining milestone for every single member of its towering creative team — Laurents, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Robbins — West Side Story reimagined the most enduring love story ever written as a contemporary musical, complete with form-shattering stagecraft and a score for the ages. Now, more than 60 years later, the legacy of that original production, along with subsequent stagings around the globe and the iconic cinematic adaptation, has cemented West Side Story’s place as one the most significant cultural achievements of the 20th century.
See it if to see a brilliantly re-imagined WSS for the 21st C that breathes new life into (but maintains the integrity of) one of the all-time greats.
Don't see it if "I Feel Pretty" is your favorite song; u expect a conventional revival [This ain't your grandma's WSS!]; u oppose the controversial casting.
See it if Interested in seeing a gritty, ambitious, modern take of a classic B'way musical that takes huge risks.
Don't see it if you don't want to be overwhelmed by projections that at times dwarf the performers so that your focus is redirected...
See it if updated, shortened version of a classic; wonderful Bernstein/Sondheim music; want to see new interpretation & choreography with videos
Don't see it if video projections that often distract from the characters & dancing on stage; choreography that has gymnastic elements, floor sliding & *
See it if You are curious to see what they have done to a classic. Interesting use of projections.
Don't see it if You loved the original play or movie. The projections distract audience away from actors. Who is a Jet who is a Shark confusing.
See it if you would enjoy seeing a Broadway classic ripped up and sewn back together like some badly designed Frankenstein monster of a show.
Don't see it if you grew up loving the 1961 movie and you were DISAPPOINTED by the 2009 Broadway revival. Make sure to SKIP this production at all cost !!!
See it if First of, the cast is very pleasant and most did the stage door 🚪. The venue is huge; I believe it’s the biggest Broadway 🎭 theatre 🎭.
Don't see it if Now for the show? It’s ambitious! To chop down about an hour of text and axing “I feel pretty”, etc., takes some major cojones! If you don’t
See it if you want to see a powerful modern retelling of a classic musical with strong performances and choreography.
Don't see it if you want to see a traditional version of WSS. This is a radical interpretation that likely would not appeal to purists.
See it if want to see some very innovative changes to how a play can be seen - with amazing videos in the background to augment the action on stage
Don't see it if you don't like visuals that may sometimes appear to be coming at you; or want this to be a remake of what you saw in the past
See it if You want a thrilling revival turned into a eye popping gang war that is gritty& real. Videos show3 dimensional scenes. Acting, singing great
Don't see it if Not interested in twisted revivals that will open your mind
See it if This is one of my favorite musicals of all time, but I had only seen the movie. Even though this was updated, I adored it!!! Wonderful!!!
Don't see it if You aren't open minded. This is very updated, but still maintains the aura and charisma that I came to adore in the movie. Songs! Dance!
See it if you're open to a whole new take (and staging) of this classic. Inventive and provocative. The final tableau... heart-breaking.
Don't see it if you're attached to the musical as you've known it...especially the superb Jerome Robbins's choreography. But DO see it if you can.
See it if You are curious about this very different production. I was not a fan of the screen projections. This is innovative but didn’t enhance.
Don't see it if You are a purist. This is a tougher version - gangs are prominent and I didn’t really feel the love story. I guess that’s due to it
Also being one act.
See it if you want an updated, tough gritty version of this American classic musical. Great staging, performances and cheorography.
Don't see it if you cant handle this new edgy and shortened version of this show.
See it if you're open to a new take on West Side Story that's edgy and profound.
Don't see it if you'll only be happy with a cuter, 'fifties-er West Side Story.
See it if You want to see a fresh,raw imaginative, contemporary take on a classic musical. Other than the music &lyrics you won’t recognize this show.
Don't see it if If you’re a musical theatre purist, you will leave the theatre morosely unsatisfied. If you are distracted or don’t like video projections.
See it if you like special effects and the music well performed, but don't care about whether or not the story comes through.
Don't see it if you expect to get a story ... or expect to believe anything on stage. You leave aware of the special effects, but not the musical.
See it if You enjoy the music. Aside from “I Feel Pretty it’s all there” and done well. Good performances, great dancing with new choreography.
Don't see it if You are a traditionalist. This is edgy. I found the video component interesting but overdone and distracting in places.
See it if you love anything the director does.
Don't see it if you love WEST SIDE STORY, as written by Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents, and Robbins (whose choreography is embedded in the writing).
See it if Really great dancing, singing and acting. when the video works it WORKS
Don't see it if but when the video doesnt work, it really doesnt work. That goes for the whole show in general really.
See it if You want to see an updated version of WSS. Also, if you want to revisit the music and choreography of WSS.
Don't see it if If you want to see the original version of the show.
See it if You are open to new interpretations of classic shows. You like dance. You can accept use of huge video within theater.
Don't see it if You prefer to keep the movie version of WSS in your mind. You don’t want to be overwhelmed.