July 1st, 2014

west side story by mrbnatural

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BWW Reviews: Standing Ovation for St. Petersburg Opera Company's WEST SIDE STORY

by Peter Nason

Not every musical is suitable for an opera. Could you imagine an operatic version of, say, "Kinky Boots" or "Mamma Mia"? But there are some shows that easily squeeze into the opera mold, and WEST SIDE STORY, with its bombast, its pulsating rhythms and powerful love ballads, is obviously one of them. Tunes like "Tonight" and "Somewhere" can easily be sung in the style of great opera; but what about the more galvanizing songs, the street-punk Broadway classics like "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "Cool"? How will they fare as hoity-toity "opera"? Is listening to them sung with operatic voices akin to hearing a Luciano Pavarotti plow his way through Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong"?
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