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 like high school level musicals. And want to pay a fortune to do so. I’m beyond disappointed.
Don't see it if You loved the movie and this director’s other recent work as I did because you are going to be sad and angry at this production.
See it if Really astounding staging, scenic design, and performances. Innovative and risk taking. Excellent modernization of a classic.
Don't see it if If you’re a purist when it comes to classical musicals. Highly different from the original.
See it if You are not attached to the original. You will not become triggered by sexual violence or gun violence.
Don't see it if If you are a survivor of sexual abuse or assault. There is a gang rape scene that was not in the original and was highly distressing.
See it if You enjoy watching videos and really want to go to a very expensive movie with live voice overs. Or- you are friends with a cast member.
Don't see it if you are under 6'3" - you won't see anything but the back of heads of the folks in front of you, and live video of the show you are missing!
See it if I loved the fast paced retelling and thought some one the principals were incredible. I didn’t mind the cutting of a few numbers.
Don't see it if You’re seeking a classic interpretation; some of the visual projections were confusing, the rape scene was beyond disturbing.
See it if If you appreciate new interpretations of classics with a young vibrant cast. The original musical scores and choreography are well done
Don't see it if You can only appreciate the original version. This is a show of the times we live in as exemplified in Gee Officer Krupke
See it if If you are curious about what makes this revival different from previous ones.
Don't see it if You want to see it staged exactly like the 1957 original cast production. The Somewhere Ballet and I Feel Pretty are not included.
See it if You like good choreography and enjoy the songs.
Don't see it if You expect great stage sets, outstanding singing and get dizzy easily from an overload of on stage movement with coordinated video movement
See it if You like “no holds barred” modern interpretations of classics.
Don't see it if easily traumatized by an upsetting gang rape scene that is displayed live and also projected on screens all around. My kid is now in therapy
See it if Those that don’t have a problem with reimagining a classic and love Leonard Bernstein’s masterwork with the first set of lyrics by Sondheim.
Don't see it if You’re a stickler for the way it’s been done before, with Robbin’s choreography and in 2 acts instead of no intermission.