February 21st, 2014

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There is a place for BSO’s ‘West Side Story’

By Matthew Guerrieri
Globe Correspondent

For all its success, Leonard Bernstein disliked the film of “West Side Story,” especially Hollywood orchestrations that made the street-gang “Romeo and Juliet” musical too imposingly sentimental. The production, too, was marked by gentrification: Just after filming, the tenements of the location-filmed opening were razed to make room for Lincoln Center.
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Theatre review: Don’t miss your chance to see West Side Story

By Liz Nicholls,
Edmonton Journal

West Side Story
Broadway Across Canada touring production
Directed by: David Saint
Starring: Jarrad Biron Green, MaryJoanna Grisso, Michelle Alves, Michael Spencer Smith, Benjiman Dallas Redding
Where: Jubilee Auditorium

EDMONTON - “Something’s coming,” sings a boy named Tony at the start of the something that knocked the socks off the musical theatre half a century ago. “It may come cannonballing down through the sky, gleam in its eye, bright as a rose …”

Tony, poor lad, thinks he’s talking about a life-changer, like maybe falling in love at first sight. As you’ll see when you catch the rockin’ touring revival of West Side Story that has cannonballed onto the Jube stage, Tony is actually talking about an impossibly demanding musical where the lustrous complexities of Leonard Bernstein’s score and the visceral dance conceived by Jerome Robbins were combustible — and inseparable.
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