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 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 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 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 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 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 can put aside your love for the original and watch this as a new piece of art. And you like shows that deliberately push the envelope.
Don't see it if You're coming in on the defensive.
See it if You enjoy the music, want to see an edgier version and lots of video
Don't see it if you find looking from video to stage distracting, I some times did, expect a traditional staging
See it if if you are comfortable with the casting of a sexual harasser in a lead role and you go to live theater to watch giant video screens.
Don't see it if If you want to see a show that makes sense and it’s not an indulgent mess with a repulsive casting decision and overwhelming use a video
See it if you want to mostly watch a movie, that is poorly shot. or you like sexual predators, and their decision to cast one.
Don't see it if you're not into banal retellings with nothing new except fewer songs and more gore-- this cast did try though! Ramasar is a disgrace in this
See it if you want to support sexual predators. #BooBernado
Don't see it if you believe women and survivors and stand with Alexandra Waterbury. PLEASE do your research and don't see this show!!!!!
See it if you enjoy the orchestra and music and can ignore the sensory overload.
Don't see it if you get overwhelmed by a chaotic staging and technical effects that dwarf the actors and temper the emotional impact.
See it if Go in with an open mind, not comparing it to the original. Just appreciating another take on a beloved musical that's still relevant now.
Don't see it if if you already know you will not like it. The choreography alone!! Loved every second of this contemporary piece of ART of one of my faves!
See it if You are open minded, love the story and music of west side story, are open to new ideas
Don't see it if You are not open minded, don’t like west side story, can not handle change or new interpretations
See it if you love the music and are open for a new interpretation of a classic.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of video absorption- overused and detracts from the story, singing and acting.
See it if If you love the original and want to see a completely fresh take on it, you never saw the original and you want to see one of all-time bests
Don't see it if If you're a purist and any change with a classic is unacceptable, you don't like musicals
See it if you love the music and the story -- but the staging overwhelms the actors and this productions doesn't have the energy of the original
Don't see it if you cherish the original play or the movie and don't want to see anybody mess with it; choreography is banal compared to Jerome Robbins
See it if you're open to innovative staging. All the cast members are as young as the characters they are playing. Most listed their college credits
Don't see it if you want a traditional interpretation. This show will wipe away any memory of other stagings or the movie.
See it if you are a big fan of Ivo's work or must see every production of WSS possible
Don't see it if you care about the Anita's character at all or want a very standard version of WSS
See it if You love a classic! The way this story was told on stage was very refreshing and we enjoyed it greatly
Don't see it if You can’t sit for the entire show. There is no intermission. Suck it up cause this show is amazing!
See it if you like Ivo Van Hove or work from The Wooster Group, The Builders Association, or just love the Bernstein score like I do.
Don't see it if you are not very open to experimental approaches to historical texts or dont appreciate contemporary dance
See it if you want to see a bold, thrilling version of a show we've all seen done the same way dozens of times.
Don't see it if you have no interest in this trend of classic musicals being re-conceived.