West Side Story (Broadway)
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West Side Story (Broadway)
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West Side Story (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(637 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
18%
Negative
14%
Members say
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

About the Show

The legendary musical in a new production from visionary, Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove.

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Member Reviews (637)

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MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
95
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Edgy, Refreshing

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. Read more

375 Reviews | 228 Followers
79
Uneven production of a great show

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... Read more

410 Reviews | 74 Followers
78
Edgy, Great music, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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 & * Read more

384 Reviews | 71 Followers
56
Strange, Confusing, Disappointing

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. Read more

363 Reviews | 60 Followers
13
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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 !!! Read more

333 Reviews | 87 Followers
45
Confusing, Ill-conceived, Overdone, unfocused, Self-indulgent, Ambitious, disappointing

See it if You can deal with a deconstructed Belgian take, all shiny bells & whistles, 2-storey video projections distracting from the actors onstage.

Don't see it if A WSS purist or if a violent, graphic rape scene disturbs; if you want to see a talented cast poorly choreographed below their abilities. Read more

260 Reviews | 49 Followers
84
Intense, Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

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 Read more

233 Reviews | 37 Followers
80
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Innovative, Riveting

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.

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
February 20th, 2020

"Sharks vs. Jets vs. Video: Ivo van Hove’s attention-splintering revival of the immortal 1957 musical features new choreography, a ravishing orchestra and smothering visual effects."
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Time Out New York
February 20th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Van Hove's 'West Side Story' functions very differently from any we have seen before. If the result is sometimes murky, it is also frequently revelatory-a major accomplishment in a show whose status as a classic threatens to freeze it in time and relevance."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 20th, 2020

"In the New 'West Side Story,' When You’re Onstage You’re Onscreen All the Way"
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New Yorker
February 21st, 2020

"A GRIM TAKE ON 'WEST SIDE STORY': Ivo van Hove’s new interpretation of the iconic musical is an infuriating example of what happens when a powerful style calcifies into shtick."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 20th, 2020

"Director Ivo van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reshape the classic tale of bitter street-gang rivalry for a new generation with this boldly contemporary revival."
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Entertainment Weekly
February 20th, 2020

Grade: B. "A radically reworked 'West Side Story' comes to Broadway"
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Variety
February 20th, 2020

"Director Ivo Van Hove dares to fiddle with perfection in this modernized but still respectful re-working of Jerome Robbins’ 1957 masterpiece."
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The Wall Street Journal
February 20th, 2020

"Anyone expecting a standard revival of ‘West Side Story’ is in for a surprise."
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