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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging
73
Avg Score

90
Masterful, Great staging, Must see, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if If you love the original and want to see a completely fresh take on it, you never saw the original and you want to see one of all-time bests

Don't see it if If you're a purist and any change with a classic is unacceptable, you don't like musicals

80
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are a West Side Story fan of all formats--music, play, movie. You are open to all new interpretations. Want to see a young diverse cast.

Don't see it if You do not like a mix of live theater and video. You expect Jerome Robbins classic choreography.

95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Ivo Von Hove productions. The play was exciting and beautifully performed. Loved the interaction of screens with actors on stage.

Don't see it if You are a purist and insist on classics being done the same old way.

85
Great cast, especially tony, he should win a tony! unique staging, excellent orchestrations, Intelligent, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you're open to innovative staging. All the cast members are as young as the characters they are playing. Most listed their college credits

Don't see it if you want a traditional interpretation. This show will wipe away any memory of other stagings or the movie.

45
Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are a big fan of Ivo's work or must see every production of WSS possible

Don't see it if you care about the Anita's character at all or want a very standard version of WSS

Also I really wanted to like this production. I'm all for shaking up the cl... Read more Read less

87
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love Reinterpretated Revivals You love West Side Story You want to see representation at its finest

Don't see it if You’re a show purist You support Trump You are against the patriarchy

95
Must see, Thought-provoking, Epic

See it if You love a classic! The way this story was told on stage was very refreshing and we enjoyed it greatly

Don't see it if You can’t sit for the entire show. There is no intermission. Suck it up cause this show is amazing!

85
Resonant, Isaac powell, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like Ivo Van Hove or work from The Wooster Group, The Builders Association, or just love the Bernstein score like I do.

Don't see it if you are not very open to experimental approaches to historical texts or dont appreciate contemporary dance

90
Resonant, Indulgent, Must see, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a bold, thrilling version of a show we've all seen done the same way dozens of times.

Don't see it if you have no interest in this trend of classic musicals being re-conceived.

Also It's not entirely successful, and there is no question many will walk ... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Riveting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love musicals, you love a love story, you can relate to race wars, you don't get offended by racial comments.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you get offended by racial slurs, you don't like a classic story.

97
Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Clever

See it if You have never seen west side story before. This was my first time seeing west side story and I loved the screens!

Don't see it if you dont like screens on stage, this was a modern version, if you dont like modern renditions. FEELS KIND OF LIKE A MOVIE!

60
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.

70
Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want an interesting stage of experienfe

Don't see it if You want something unique

75
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy seeing new interpretations of classic musicals.

Don't see it if you want your grandparents and parents "West Side Story." That is not this production.

Also When this production was first announced, I knew I had to see it. I am... Read more Read less

65
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.

63
Disappointing

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

0
Slow, Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Nothing to like about this production. Sharks and Jets confusing, was this a movie or a Broadway show???

Don't see it if What was there to like about this show? Nothing. The first show I have ever hated.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You like Westside Story. It will not disappoint! Updates the musical to current injustices in the world.

Don't see it if You are an extreme Trump supporter!

89
Refreshing, Intense, Epic, Edgy, Clever

See it if you love to see older types of dancing, and great acting! If you like to be transformed back into the jets vs sharks days!

Don't see it if you hate musicals

85
Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You liked the movie

Don't see it if You don’t like the movie

50
Disappointing

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.

0
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if I can’t think of any reason why anyone would want to see this show except if you are a fan of being tortured for two hours.

Don't see it if If you’re expecting to See a real Broadway you will be disappointed because you are going to see a movie instead.

50
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.

78
Cliched, Refreshing, Fluffy, Romantic, Clever

See it if You want to experiment a modern take on a classical musical, with refreshing art direction and modern choreography.

Don't see it if You are expecting a revolutionary take on the production and a big step away from the original; it is in a lot of ways the same spiel.

63
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.


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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