West Side Story Reviews
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George McGuire from Vancouver, British Columbia
BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.
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
TheatreManiaMan from Sacramento
OUTSTANDING AND TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL
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!
Jeanah from Los Angeles, California
IS THIS PLAY APPROPRIATE FOR A SECOND GRADER?
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!
Richard A. Barnes from Randolph, Massachusetts
PLEASE CHANGE OR EXPLAIN TO ME THE "NEW" ENDING.
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.
Sonia davis from Los Angeles, California
Saw the play in Riverside March 2014 . You know it's good when youre still talking about it the next day. Too bad Bernardo played by Micheal Spencer Smith is killed so early in the play. I would have loved to see more of him.
CJ Bellam 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.
J. H. Borg from Toronto
SHARK VERSUS JET
With regard to the review that states that at the end a Shark brings Maria her shawl at the very end; in the version I saw in Toronta last week it's the youngest Jet that brings Maria her shawl and puts it over her head as a gesture of conciliation.
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