Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Broadway Revival Of West Side Story Celebrates Anniversary

That's right theater fans. This Friday will mark the first anniversary of the Broadway revival of West Side Story. The show which first premiered on Broadway back in 1957 opened on March 19, 2009 at the Palace Theatre. Having never seen a live production of the show prior to this one I must admit I walked in with a little bit of trepidation. The movie has always been a personal favorite of mine and I wasn't sure if this production would live up to the film. I mean how could it? The movie is an Academy Award winning masterpiece after all. However I was intrigued when I heard that several of the songs were being sung in Spanish.

So there I was on a Wednesday matinee in March waiting for the show to begin. Right away that familiar music began to play and I felt right at home. Cut too two and half hours later and I was smiling from ear to ear. Is this production as good as the movie? No. Looking back I was wrong to try and compare the two. This production should stand on it's own and while it may have some flaws it is still a must see for any fan of musical theater. Chances are this will be the last time this show will be on the Great White Way again. We should treasure it while it is still here. Get your tickets to see West Side Story on Broadway. It is a classic.

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