Open run | 1h 45m | Midtown W

West Side Story

From 566 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Edgy

About the show

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. 

Member Reviews (566)


Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Edgy
Avg Score

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.

Also You may never see a version of West Side Story that feels so urgent, c... Read more Read less

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.

Also The gang members are mean, tough, not likable. Tattoos, short skirts, ... Read more Read less

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

Also Know the story, then the chopped up version seems fine, otherwise it c... Read more Read less

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.

Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Riveting

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!

Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a much needed shake up of a classic. Forget what you knew and experience the new. It’s hauntingly powerful.

Don't see it if You can’t except change

Also While I loved the production there’s no rightful reason the production... Read more Read less

Pretentious, self-conscious, nonsensical

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).

Also Ivo van Hove has become famous for taking excellent material and makin... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

Also The screen projection was over used. They could have limited it - it w... Read more Read less

Edgy, Riveting, Refreshing, Great staging, Gripping

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.

Also I personally thought this was riveting - I'm pretty sure I watched a l... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining

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

Intense, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in an updated medium for a classic story

Don't see it if you hope it is the same as the movie

Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

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

Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky, Edgy, Confusing

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

Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Edgy, Dizzying, Disappointing

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!!!!!

Dizzying, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Intense, Great acting, Epic, Profound, Absorbing

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!

Intense, Beautiful music, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

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

Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

Masterful, Great staging, Must see, Ambitious, Entertaining

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

Quirky, Edgy, Disappointing

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

Great cast, especially tony, he should win a tony! unique staging, excellent orchestrations, Intelligent, Riveting, Masterful

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.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

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

Also I really wanted to like this production. I'm all for shaking up the cl... Read more Read less

Must see, Thought-provoking, Epic

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!

Resonant, Isaac powell, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

Resonant, Indulgent, Must see, Intense, Ambitious

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.

Also It's not entirely successful, and there is no question many will walk ... Read more Read less

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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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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February 20th, 2020
"In the New 'West Side Story,' When You’re Onstage You’re Onscreen All the Way"
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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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