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)


Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

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

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.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Ambitious

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.

Underwhelming, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

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

Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

Intense, Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

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 If you are a big West Side Story fan maybe you would like it.

Don't see it if I felt like I was seeing a movie. Too much action taking place backstage and on a big screen.

Also While the actress playing Maria had a beautiful voice it was more oper... Read more Read less


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.

Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Dated

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.

Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if You like revivals. Dancing was good.

Don't see it if Tried to update a classic and seemed like a mess of 60’s language and 2000 technology. It was painful.

Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

Cliched, Banal, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

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.

Insipid, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if The actors give it their all - and I appreciate that

Don't see it if If you want your moneys worth

Great singing, Frustrating, Dizzying, Disappointing

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.

Also I so wanted to love this show......and I failed. I rushed out of the t... Read more Read less


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.

During previews
Overrated, Great singing, Fluffy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you want some great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if If you are a WSS purist this one you can miss. Casting and reconstructing of this legendary musical was not a great idea.

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Video overkill, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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.

Also I much prefer the Jerome Robbin's choreography. The new choreography i... Read more Read less

During previews
No humor. no charm. good singing and good dancing.

See it if You appreciate the great score and some good voices.

Don't see it if Revere the original play and it's dancing and choreography.

Also No character development in any of the characters.Hard to figure out w... Read more Read less

During previews
Okay choreography, Rearranged song order--whaaat?, Overpowering staging, Dizzying, Great singing

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.

Also Talk about overkill. What's with the monumental projections and pushin... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Left me cold, Poorly cast, Distracting video, Misconceived

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.

Also I love reenviosings of classic musicals (such as with sexy “Oklahoma”)... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Relevant, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

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

During previews
Indulgent, Great dancing, Video overkill, Disappointing, Great singing

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

Also Look, this is a very strong production, if you can ignore the overuse ... Read more Read less

During previews
Somethings missing...., Disappointing, Great dancing, Inventive, Dizzying

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

During previews

See it if You have to see anything West Side Story. Otherwise, take a pass on this one.

Don't see it if You want to see the classic show. Much is cut here. The staging is odd. Some of the actors have weak singing voices. It just doesn't work.

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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