"West Side Story… back on Broadway where it belongs"
I fell in love with “West Side Story” in high school when I was forced to watch the movie two years in a row for music theory class. When I heard that it was back on Broadway I knew it was something that I couldn’t miss. My girlfriend, who is much more into broadway than I, would feverishly mock me for “West Side Story” being one of my favorites because it involves “tough guy gangs…that dance.” However, she was cool enough to surprise me with tickets to the show.
After the initial introduction to the gangs dancing in the beginning of the first act, and us sharing giggles about it, the story as well as the music really took off. I fell just as in love with the live performances as I did with the music 10 years ago. The story was more poignant and touching than ever before considering I’ve now lived in NYC for three years. All in all my favorite Broadway experience ever. I must say that seeing the updated revival is the only way to see this story. The 1961 movie version is fine. But, a little too cheesy in comparison to the brilliance of the live theater version. If you see one Broadway classic while in the city this summer, go see “West Side Story”