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 New choreo is beautiful. Young cast shines. Projections are effective... but too much with scenes filmed behind the screen.
Don't see it if You are a West Side purist. You sit in rear mezzanine. Worst house on Broadway. Horrible sight lines. Get good seats.
See it if Conceptualised experimentation of Romeo/Jules tragedy held so dear. Sharp focus on hot buttons for Woke 2020. That's how we found it.
Don't see it if They did WHAT? Compressed, trimmed, and tailored to a breakneck frenzy. Like plastic straws, we'll get over it, too. Distractions.(105 min.)
See it if same great story; great orchestra & beautiful music; good use of video at Doc's.
Don't see it if acting and singing is inconsistent, not all performers are created equal; distracting overuse of video when dancers are performing.
See it if you are open to a radically different interpretation of a classic musical or if you are a van Hove fan.
Don't see it if you don't like van Hove's video-centric style or are devoted to earlier versions of the show.
See it if Impossible to spoil the Bernstein/Sondheim score. But try by dwarfing actors and dancers with 20 foot live projections of themselves
Don't see it if you are a West Side Story purist. Choreography has charm and vigor, but it's not Robbins. Orchestra is fine and some good singing, overmiked
See it if A new take on a classic. It's nothing like what you've seen before. I saw the u/s for Maria and Tony, and she was great. He was meh.
Don't see it if Taking out "I Feel Pretty" and the Ballet at the Gym? von Hove likes to put his own stamp on pieces. This one was perfect before.
See it if you can appreciate a successful update of the original using contemporary media and spartan staging. Great voices and great dancing
Don't see it if you are a traditionalist that doesn't like greatness tampered with
See it if If you have never seen it live, if you like multimedia; it added detail & at times allowed you to see “behind walls”.
Don't see it if If you don’t like multimedia; it was distracting, at times it competed with the live action. If you love “I Feel Pretty”, it was cut.
See it if you like the latest re-envisioning of Oklahoma!: West Side Story has a similar grittier, darker, immersive feel with risk-taking staging.
Don't see it if not a fan of updated and edited/trimmed classic musicals, dislike Ivo van Hove’s avant-garde tendencies, or looking for a brand-new musical
See it if want a very re-imagined version of a classic. very 2020 in presentation, casting, choreography (done well), and even orchestrations.
Don't see it if like a traditional musical done traditionally. direction is heavy handed and am getting annoyed of having to watch scenes on video.
See it if You are ready to see a reimagined WSS. Great job by the leads and enjoyable choreography.
Don't see it if You aren’t interested in considering an update to the classic and wonderful original staging. You want to see live action and not video.
See it if Van Hove's take on this classic utilizes a hand held camera and the rear wall as a screen. Great dancing and singing. Large, energetic cast.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of Van Hove's works. The musical was more compact, as the running time is 105 minutes. I missed "I Feel Pretty".
See it if you love WSS & want to see it in any form. Strong performances by Powell & Pimentel as Tony & Maria. Deservedly classic score & book.
Don't see it if you want strong production of WSS: this is oddly & confusingly staged. Continuous video projections distracting - leaving stage often empty.
See it if you've never seen the show and would enjoy a multi-media, speeded up telling of the story with a strong Tony, subbing for the injured lead.
Don't see it if You'd like to see breath-taking Jerome Robbins choreography. These dancers could have done it.
See it if you want a reinvention of WSS that brings the show firmly into the 21st century; you aren't afraid of risk taking, reinventive theatre
Don't see it if you don't like large scale use of projections; you are a traditionalist; you think that WSS *isn't* about gun violence and police brutality
See it if you want to see what West Side Story would look like if it took place in 2020. Great chemistry between Tony and Maria. Superb dancing!
Don't see it if If you do not want to watch an imax movie screen as opposed to the stage for long stretches. Too much happens off stage. There is no set.
See it if You want to see a cold, distancing, poorly cast, distracting take on one of our finest classic musicals.
Don't see it if You you want to feel genuine emotion, which is not that difficult to do with WSS.
See it if Ivo von Hove treatment hits the mark in the dance at the gym and America but the brilliant Robbins choreography is missed elsewhere
Don't see it if Like all other von Hove treatments the projections sometimes overpower what is going onstage and the Robbins choreography is missed
See it if you are new to West Side Story, or want to see a new version of a classic, have youth you'd like to introduce to Broadway, are curious.
Don't see it if If you are a fan of the classic version, don't like mixed media on stage, you NEED "I feel pretty" in the production.