March 21st, 2016

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Paramount’s ‘West Side Story’ a full-out emotional rumble

Hedy Weiss

“West Side Story” — inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” but set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side during a period of fierce gang warfare between the white working-class kids of immigrants and more recently arrived Puerto Rican immigrants — opened on Broadway in 1957.

I still recall that some years ago, in a conversation with Harold Prince, the fabled Broadway director remarked that by today’s standards the musical would look “like a Sunday school picnic.” But were he to experience the emotionally charged ferocity generated by director Jim Corti’s revelatory revival now at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, there is no doubt he would change his assessment.
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