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