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

During previews
Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if Wonderful dancing & excellent leading voices

Don't see it if The pacing was extremely slow from the start- & seemed to lack energy; The video projection was disorienting- when paired with stage

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like the idea of great musicals being updated.

Don't see it if You treasure the original production or even the film. This production will disappoint you.

Also Although the use of video is really good in opening up Doc's store and... Read more Read less

During previews

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.

Also This was a lazy attempt to try to be edgy and it fails spectacularly. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to throw away money on a pretentious insult to a masterpiecE.

Don't see it if If you care about storytelling, shows that have heart

During previews
Great acting, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if Don’t see it

Don't see it if You love this musical

Also the darkness and grittiness of the production is distracting. There ar... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Triggering, Misguided

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.

Also Be prepared to have a gun pointed at you. Given the state of our count... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if The staging the best.

Don't see it if You want A+ singing & dancing.

Also The Staging was fabulous, the... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Great singing, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You’d love to hear the beautiful music live

Don't see it if You love WWS and are expecting to see the beautiful story unfold before you.

Also Cameras, watching projections of actors rather than live, ½ the play c... Read more Read less

During previews
Heretical, Clumsy, Anachronistic

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!

Also The worst flat theater in NYC affords terrible views from orchestra. S... Read more Read less

During previews
Enchanting, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Very entertaining. Updated version. Great acting.

Don't see it if If you are looking for the original version.

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Relevant, Great singing

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.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if Video is your thing, but still you shouldn’t see it

Don't see it if You want a quality, non-condescending production of an American classic

Also -To start, the show has no overture to settle you into the mood;... Read more Read less

During previews
Unpolished, Annoying, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if Cast was youthful, energetic (if nervous). Singing was good. Orchestra was great.

Don't see it if You're a purest of the original B'way show or movie.

Also I saw the performance on 12/26/19, night. The understudy for Tony/Anto... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

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

Also Highly recommend this show!... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You want to see a weak musical

Don't see it if It was choppy and left you not caring what happened or who died. And I cry @ Romeo & Juilet the ballet! The staging was very low budget.

During previews
Must see, Great staging

See it if Unusual staging of a great classic makes it new again

Don't see it if Don’t like musicals

During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Clever

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Overrated, Entertaining, Ambitious

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

Also simultaneously.

During previews
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like fabulous choreography, phenomenal camera work. Very moving.

Don't see it if Cannot tolerate violence. You like upbeat musicals

During previews
Great singing, Ambitious, Inconsistent use of modern props, Dialogue not updated/realistic for today's teens, Too many behind-wall scenes

See it if loved the music, which stayed true to original, and enjoy contemporary dance

Don't see it if you hold the original as sacrosanct

Also Spoilers (for this production) warning, do not read ahead...... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

During previews
Great writing, Must see, Ambitious, Epic, Edgy

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.

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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