June 28th, 2014

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Review: There’s always a place for ‘West Side Story’

Eagle correspondent

You can tell that Music Theatre Wichita’s newest revival of “West Side Story” is a winner because of the number of goose-bump moments throughout the show, which retells “Romeo and Juliet” on the gang-filled mean streets of 1950s New York City as a Polish boy falls in forbidden love with a Puerto Rican girl.

Ryan Vasquez and Ali Ewoldt as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria have arguably the best voices I’ve heard on stage to do justice to their haunting and deceptively difficult ballads, “Tonight,” “One Hand, One Heart” and their brief, heartbreaking reprisal of “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us).”
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BWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a Triumph

by David Clarke

When it comes to contemporary classics in American musical theatre, just the sheer mention of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, is enough to get any fan of the medium listening. This beloved masterpiece first premiered in 1957 and Leonard Bernstein had hoped to change the face of the American musical theater with it. That goal wasn't quite accomplished, but his clever orchestrations, drive and ambition, and unique construction made the show a hallmark of the genre that is still adored and studied today.

San Francisco Symphony, with Michael Tilson Thomas as conductor, presented an enthralling staged concert version of WEST SIDE STORY in the summer of 2013. With an immense knowledge of the musical and the man who created the score, Michael Tilson Thomas has expertly lead the opulent San Francisco Orchestra and a cast of brilliant talent through the score. Recorded live from June 27 to July 2, 2013 at the Davies Symphony Hall at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the dual disc album is definitely one of the loveliest recordings of the score you'll ever hear.
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