Open run | 1h 45m | Midtown W

West Side Story

From 623 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

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 (623)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging
73
Avg Score

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.

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

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...

Also ..sometimes this works beautifully, more often is problematic. The new... Read more Read less

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 & *

Also *other interesting moves but that doesn't add to the story. & rarely s... Read more Read less

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.

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

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 !!!

Also Director Ivo Van Hove is a master at re-conceiving shows, presenting t... Read more Read less

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

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

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.

90
Creative, Delightful, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

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

Also I loved the original version of West Side Story and was delighted to h... Read more Read less

79
Masterful, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

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

Also The videos while somewhat distracting add a zip to the show. The passi... Read more Read less

97
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!

93
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

79
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever

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.

73
Great music and choreography

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.

93
Ambitious, Riveting, Relevant, Great singing, Great staging

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.

Also Having seen the origional Broadway productiom and the Palace Theater r... Read more Read less

90
Refreshing, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like a classic with great dancing and amazing lead singers

Don't see it if you want the original production of a standard musical.

80
Inventive, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Refreshing

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.

72
Bad acting, Great singing, Great dancing, Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

79
Disappointing, Great staging, Confusing, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

30
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

65
Ambitious, Dizzying, Banal, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you don't mind it being more movie than musical.

Don't see it if you can't bear to see a classic show "modernized" for now.

85
Not sure of time period, Video not always needed, Intense, Great singing, Ambitious

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.

Also Ivo's vision is there at times, and sometimes gets lost in the huge st... Read more Read less

80
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

93
Impressive, Ambitious, Great music, Great dancing, Great singing

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.

Also I didn’t expect to like it this much. While there were elements that d... Read more Read less

75
Interesting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if to see a shorten, reinvented, edgy version of WSS, great young talent, you're open to innovative staging

Don't see it if you're a WSS purist, looking for traditional staging

Also This production had some lovely moments, the projections were distract... 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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