March 7th, 2016

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Did the best 'West Side Story' ever just premiere in Queens?

by Christopher Kelly

Forget how many times you've seen "West Side Story" over the years. You've never seen a production like the one mounted by Carnegie Hall last weekend at the Knockdown Center, a former warehouse converted into an arts center in Queens.

This "West Side Story" featured professional actors in the lead parts, including Skylar Astin ("Pitch Perfect") as Tony and newcomer Morgan Hernandez as Maria; 14 New York City high school students in the ensemble; 200 more high schoolers in the chorus; and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra director Marin Alsop conducting the orchestra.

If this sounds like a recipe for potential chaos, think again. Collapse )