West Side Story
By Amy Leon
The dancing is phenomenal; every movement onstage captivates the eye and expresses true talent. Not all the singing can compare to the elaborate dancing, but was still very enjoyable.
Earlier Broadway productions and the movie did not contain much Spanish, but Lin-Manuel Miranda (from In the Heights) translated portions of the dialogue and a few songs for this revival, changing the entire dynamic of the show. It made sense - wouldn't recent immigrants from Puerto Rico speak some Spanish? You should know that if you expecting to hear "I Feel Pretty," you will be getting "Siento Hermosa" instead.
West Side Story is an all time favorite and I gladly welcome it back to Broadway!
HOW TO SEE THE SHOW: $26.50 lottery rush beginning 2 ½ hours before the show • The Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway. Visit www.broadwaywestsidestory.com for more information.