November 9th, 2011

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Revival of the 1957 musical still relevant, nostalgic and current

Ken Glickman
Lansing State Journal

We don't expect 50-year-old musicals to be like this: pulsating music, exciting dancing, and a plot all about urban gangs clashing between Hispanics (Puerto Ricans) and whites with a heartbreaking love story in the middle.

But that's "West Side Story," the show that is at once nostalgic and surprisingly current. Now considered one of the best musicals ever written, in 1957, when it originally opened on Broadway, the show was considered edgy, overly loud and rhythmic. It played for less than two years, and "Music Man" won the Tony for best musical that year.
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