October 4th, 2010

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A new take on 'West Side Story'

BY JOHN MONAGHAN
FREE PRESS SPECIAL WRITER

When "West Side Story" launches its national tour at the Fisher Theatre, the Detroit audience might be surprised to find the show's Puerto Rican characters often speaking and singing in Spanish.

The revival of "West Side," currently on Broadway, was the brainchild of 91-year-old director Arthur Laurents, who wrote the book for the landmark 1957 musical, which was inspired by Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." It finds two star-crossed lovers, Puerto Rican immigrant Maria and American-born Tony, falling in love, despite their feuding families and friends. Their love story plays against a battleground where the Puerto Rican Sharks fight Tony's former gang, the Jets, for turf and respect.

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