November 11th, 2019

west side story by mrbnatural

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How Ivo Van Hove Remixed West Side Story for the 21st Century

By Adam Green

WHEN WEST SIDE STORY opened on Broadway more than 60 years ago, it shocked critics with its savage depiction of racially motivated teenage gang violence on the streets of New York City—even as Leonard Bernstein’s ravishing jazz- and Latin-inflected symphonic score, Stephen Sondheim’s virtuosic lyrics, and Jerome Robbins’s hormonally kinetic dances beguiled audiences, who fell in love with librettist Arthur Laurents’s retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Collapse )