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WEST SIDE STORY

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Leonard Bernstein's majestic score, in particular, is undiminished, shifting fluidly between blasts of syncopated brass fueled by testosterone and rage, and some of the most achingly beautiful expressions of love ever sung.

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13 of 29 people found the following review helpful:
Please change or explain to me the "new" ending.,
Jun 10, 2011
reviewer: from Randolph, Massachusetts
In a review by Jody Feinberg in the Quincy Patriot Ledger of 6/9/11 it states regards the new ending "a single Shark brings Maria her shawl." I believe that ending to be oh so wrong as Maria is the dead Bernardo's sister, so to my way of thinking a Shark is bringing a shawl to a Shark. Where is the togetherness of both the Jets and the Sharks being, finally at the end, together? With a Shark bringing Maria the shawl and no Jet apparently involved there is no apparent togetherness as shown in the film or former plays. If the review was erroneous in this matter so be it. But, as for me, I would rather see the Sharks and Jets do something TOGETHER regards the deceased Tony. That is the way it has been since the start and the way that it should remain. My 5 star rating is a result of my seeing the movie so many times and hoping to be able to see the play at the Colonial Theater in Boston.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
OUTSTANDING and true to the Original,
Jan 28, 2012
reviewer: from Sacramento
I am confused by all of these uneducated opinions I am reading on this site from others who saw the show. The show is VERY true to the original in so many aspects. The choreography is practically the exact same as it was when the show opened at the Winter Garden theatre in NYC in the 50's. The outstanding performers kept the amazingly difficult show going with fantastic pace and precision of choreography and vocals alike. The crudeness was not added. Originally, Anita was beginning to be raped when Doc enters the room. Most people have seen the film and that is what they remember. The film is different and songs are in different places and sung by other characters. The ONLY changes in this production are the addition of Spanish in less than 5% of the show, which adds to the racial tension of the piece, and that Anybodys sings Somewhere, which results in a heart-breaking new moment in the show. The show is OUTSTANDING and please don't miss it! Thrilled this amazing show is here!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Is this play appropriate for a second grader?,
Apr 10, 2013
reviewer: from Los Angeles, California
My daughter has just turned 8. She is excited to see the play, but a friend tells me there is a suggestive rape scene in it? Also gratuitous sex scenes?

 

Has anyone taken their kids to this and what do they think. Thanks!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Incredible,
May 12, 2013
reviewer: from Richmond, Virginia
I just needed to speak on behalf of WEST SIDE STORY. I was thrilled and it was perfect. The singing and dancing was beyond what I expected. I was fortunate to fall into a ticket and am so very happy. Just like the movie. Congratulations to the entire cast on a wonderful performance.

 


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Better than the movie. ,
Feb 10, 2014
reviewer: from Vancouver, British Columbia
I just returned from a Vancouver matinee performance (Feb. 9/2014) of West Side Story. I have always loved this story, the movie, vocals and the superb music. I rate this live performance better than the movie. Everything was just perfect: I salute the dancers, the singers, and the orchestra. I rate this performance as one best live shows I have ever attended and this include many shows in London and New York. I can find no fault with this production. If the performers read this review I say well done. George McGuire
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