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
Avg Score

Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Definitely a fresh take on a classic.It is very dark and moody.The actor who plays Tony was wonderful-his rendition of Maria was a highlight

Don't see it if Expecting light and fluffy or If you can’t imagine a WSS without I Feel Pretty

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great performances

See it if you want to see great performances. That's it, great singing and acting. The staging and use of the screen are distracting.

Don't see it if you'd rather a musical than a movie. The use of the screen detracted from the action on stage. Or if sexual assault is a trigger for you.

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

Dizzying, Ambitious, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if See it. A must see for anyone who loves musical theatre. An exquisite re imaging of an American gem LOVED IT

Don't see it if No reason not to treat yourself to this brilliant revival

Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You know and love the songs and want to hear them on a big Broadway stage. Great for both those who know and those learning the songs.

Don't see it if You don't like digital images mixed in with live actions

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

Refreshing, Indulgent, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You want to keep up with theatrical developments in tech (new approach to staging a classic). You appreciate any iteration of WSS.

Don't see it if You object to "messing" with a much loved show. You are easily distracted by multimedia storytelling. Maria will always be Natalie Wood.

Also Some of Van Hove's innovations in staging did not work for me and some... Read more Read less

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show that has been reimagined in a creative and dramatic fashion.

Don't see it if you will be offended by a realistic retelling of this classic story.

Intense, Edgy, Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious

See it if I was super glad to see a more diverse cast, lots of great singing and choreography.

Don't see it if this is still a play about POC written by white folk with lots of fake face tats + videos of the cast walking in alleys making 'gang' poses.

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

Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to support a show that hired and still employs a sexual abuser

Don't see it if You’re a huge fan of the original, you don’t like new re-stagings

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.

Refreshing, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Someone who loves the music from West Side Story and likes interesting staging of a play.

Don't see it if You do not like to see an original version tinkered with.

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

Disappointing, Banal, Overrated, Indulgent, Dated

See it if You know someone in the cast

Don't see it if You want to see a good show.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you love the music. the choreo was phenomenal

Don't see it if you're old fashioned, you don't like changes to original

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.

I feel pretty disappointed!

See it if you enjoy the IMAX theater experience - that's what this is albeit with dancers in front of the screen.

Don't see it if you are over 6 feet - seating does not provide for comfortable experience.

Also There is a lot of good to this show, the acting, the choreography, and... Read more Read less

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.

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

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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