West Side Story
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West Side Story
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West Side Story NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(628 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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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

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

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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Deadline
February 20th, 2020

"‘West Side Story’ Rumbles Full-Force Into A New Century"
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The Washington Post
February 20th, 2020

"This gutsy new ‘West Side Story’ is unlike any you’ve seen — and it’s exhilarating"
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Los Angeles Times
February 20th, 2020

"‘West Side Story’ blasts back to Broadway — kinetic, bloody and modern to the core"
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New York Post
February 20th, 2020

"Radical revival is a triumph"
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New York Daily News
February 20th, 2020

"‘West Side Story’ gets a whole new look on Broadway from director Ivo Van Hove"
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AM New York
February 20th, 2020

"'West Side Story’ revival gets lost in brutal violence and overwhelming video imagery"
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Theatermania
February 20th, 2020

"They Found Love in a Hopeless Place: Ivo van 'Hove's West Side Story.' Broadway's favorite auteur helms a revival of one of Broadway's favorite musicals."
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BroadwayWorld
February 20th, 2020

"Ivo van Hove's Alarmingly Charmless 'WEST SIDE STORY'"
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Talkin' Broadway
February 20th, 2020

"'West Side Story' shines most brightly when it is at its least gimmicky, when the actors are allowed to act, the singers to sing, the dancers to dance."
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "The 1957 Bernstein-Laurents-Robbins-Sondheim masterpiece gets a harsh modern makeover"
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Ivo van Hove shoots sparks into space with a fresh take on the musical masterwork, with Isaac Powell's performance a high point of the production."
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Theater News Online
February 20th, 2020

"RECKLESS REVIVAL: Missteps in this production include cutting the show too short and using giant video projections that overwhelm the action onstage."
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Theater News Online
February 20th, 2020

"NOT THE TIME,NOT THE PLACE: Ivo van Hove's revival attempts to reimagine the classic show but nearly shreds it to pieces."
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Broadway News
February 20th, 2020

"Ivo van Hove’s ‘West Side Story’ feels more cinematic than theatrical"
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CurtainUp
March 8th, 2020

"Ivo van Hove has achieved the impossible, a completely original version"
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New York Theater
February 27th, 2020

"For all the ruinous choices - chief among them, an overabundance of distracting video projections - van Hove doesn't completely ruin what's most thrilling about this musical...Leonard Bernstein's music…can still make you cry…The show's aficionados will have many, less salutary reasons to get emotional."
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Broadway Blog
February 21st, 2020

"Director Ivo van Hove's revival strips much of its original creators' DNA with the force of a New York City street-sweeping truck. West Side Story's timeless themes emerge, sometimes in synch with van Hove's vision and, at others, despite it."
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C
February 20th, 2020

"Van Hove's mostly stunning production should give us all hope that any musical, no matter how beloved, can be made relevant -- never mind thrilling -- for 21st-century audiences!"
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4Columns
February 28th, 2020

"Does this chilly, imported formalism and multimedia dramaturgy work against the old-fashioned, melodramatic source? Yes."
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