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 are interested in seeing a drastic, overblown reinvention of one of the greatest musicals ever written
Don't see it if you're not a fan of enormous video projections that dwarf the performers; you enjoy subtlety.
See it if …you get a free ticket, but make a reservation for cocktails after intermission.
Don't see it if …you like theatre and the spoken or sung word. “Emperor” van Hove isn’t wearing any clothes.
See it if you love incredible choreo (fight & dance), crystalline voices, innovative theatre, & you want to see actors' facial expressions up close!
Don't see it if you don't like adaptations or innovative, experimental technology use on stage. Trigger warning: sexual assault & gang violence.
See it if you're interested in a modern-day Romeo and Juliet-esque romantic tragedy. Great dancing and catchy songs!
Don't see it if you hate romance. The show also includes some violence/fighting scenes, which might be overwhelming for young audiences.
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.
See it if So far away from the usually WSS styling. Relevant to today, even though the original was set in post war NYC.
Don't see it if If you really love the past interpretations of WSS, don't see this. This is the story with new modern eyes; Loved it.
See it if I enjoyed this play more than I expected. It was a birthday present. The music and dancing was awesome. Really exceeded my expectations.
Don't see it if You don't like musical love stories.
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.
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.
See it if This West Side Story challenges from the first note. It is an intense 1 hour and 45 minutes. An emotional roller coaster.
Don't see it if You can't live without "I Feel Pretty".
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.
See it if if you want to be distracted by giant video of the actors instead of watching the actors themselves. No sets, bare stage, big screen.
Don't see it if You like traditional Broadway with built sets and actors, dancers and singers with actual talent and experience.
See it if If you are into seeing aggressive new direction, then definitely go. This is not your mother's WSS
Don't see it if If you simply love t he traditional WSS, then you will be disappointed.
See it if Over 18/21 and have zero sensitivity to rape/tense suicide related actions/sexual video projection.
Don't see it if You are under 21/18. There is a vivid rape scene. There is SO MUCH pre recorded video that overwhelms the stage. Much of the action is video
See it if Great choreography and singing. Modern twist on a great classic!
Don't see it if Video can be a bit distracting at times. Some scenes take place in a room built into the rear wall, only viewable on the video screen.
See it if If you like multi-media with a huge movie screen If you like an updated story where you can't tell which actors belong to which gangs.
Don't see it if you like the original production. If you like the original choreography. If you want to hear all the original songs.
See it if You're interested in investigating how video and camera work is being incorporated into modern productions, beyond fourth wall viewing.
Don't see it if You want traditional viewing of actors performing onstage in full view or get distracted or dizzy from incorporation of shaky video footage
See it if If you would rather see a big screen than actual good acting and directing, this is the show for you
Don't see it if What a ridiculous staging. I absolutely adore Leonard Bernstein's score and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, but this misses the mark by a mile.
See it if A masterful reimagining for today. Orchestrations/lyrics kept intact. Sets/dances are new. What voices! Brilliant and moving.
Don't see it if you don't care about musicals or don't like modernized versions of classics.
See it if Brilliant revival. Fresh & current. Excellent choreography/dancing. Impressive staging/direction. Incredible Cast! Do not miss it!
Don't see it if You are a purist and don't want to see a fresh and new take on a classic.
See it if You want to see Ivo Van Hove’s latest deconstruction. This time around with some absolute success , gorgeous moments and stunning staging.
Don't see it if You are a purist. The choreography is different...very different. It’s a whole new look. A whole new feel.