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 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 You should see it if you are a true theatre person that wants to see an experimental director at work and how well technology is integrated.
Don't see it if You expect an emotional connection to the story or a focus on the story being told.
See it if You have an open mind towards what you expect from a Broadway show and to a different take on this classic story.
Don't see it if You loved the original and are a purist. There is video used throughout, minimal set and very underwhelming choreography.
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 love score & story & couldn't wait to see it. dancing & acting are very good, the staging wasn't Large screen was distracting. disappointed
Don't see it if Don't see it if you are loyal to the original story, it was too ambitious and the dancing was irregular, the cast wasn't cohesive.
See it if you are interested in and expect to see a new, modernized perspective on a classic show, with interesting staging choices.
Don't see it if you are expecting the classic finger snapping, dance fighting version of west side story. this is a much darker retelling.
See it if you HAVE to see every musical regardless of the reviews.
Don't see it if the video should be used to positive effect; the choreography should compliment the music; you like a uniform cast quality.
See it if You really like West Side story. You want to see it set in modern times. You want to hear your favorite songs sang masterfully.
Don't see it if You don't know why we need to make West Side Story again. You think video is over used in theater. You want to see your old favorite.
See it if You love the music of West Side Story and the dancing.
Don't see it if You love the original. The screen in the back was awful. It made me dizzy and distracted from the show. I didn't know where to look.
See it if You want to see a new take on an older show. The music was still wonderful and the choreographed ensemble scenes were great!
Don't see it if I didn’t like the choice to rely on cameras and screens rather than let the audience actually see the actors on stage.
See it if you are open minded to the mixed media theater and you're ready to see a modern take on a classis Broadway show.
Don't see it if you value your time and money, since the show feels more like a movie, than a live theater.
See it if you are interested in an attempt to make WSS more current and relevant and, if you are a fan of this director.
Don't see it if you are a die hard fan of the classic WSS and dislike director "tricks." Director seemed more interested in himself than the piece.
See it if same great story; great orchestra & beautiful music; good use of video at Doc's.
Don't see it if acting and singing is inconsistent, not all performers are created equal; distracting overuse of video when dancers are performing.
See it if you've never seen the show and would enjoy a multi-media, speeded up telling of the story with a strong Tony, subbing for the injured lead.
Don't see it if You'd like to see breath-taking Jerome Robbins choreography. These dancers could have done it.
See it if You want to see a cold, distancing, poorly cast, distracting take on one of our finest classic musicals.
Don't see it if You you want to feel genuine emotion, which is not that difficult to do with WSS.
See it if you are willing to see a ground-breaking musical turned into another Ivo conceit.The mix of 1950/2020 does not work.Nor the camera close-ups
Don't see it if you love the original.There is nothing new or improved here.Performances are ok but there is no chemistry or conviction.Shorter but tedious
See it if You loved Network, very video-heavy productions, want to see what the hype’s about. Great dancing + singing + outstanding cast
Don't see it if You get carsick; constantly moving video behind the actors distracting and annoying. Sometimes additive, even genius, but v often too much
See it if its an ambitious update on a classic - the projected live video stream makes for confusing perspectives. excellent dancing. diverse casting
Don't see it if young cast was not up to the vocal challenges. some live action takes place in rooms behind the set - you see the video feed? odd very dark