December 18th, 2019

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Six Stars of the New ‘West Side Story’ Discuss Its Enduring Relevance
The male actors, many making their Broadway debuts, talk about the director Ivo van Hove’s radical approach — and offer a fresh take on holiday dressing.

By Caitlin Youngquist

Murderous knife fights, attempted gang rape, malicious slurs: These were not common motifs of musical theater when “West Side Story” first premiered on Broadway in 1957.

That production — a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” — was praised by the theater critic Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times as a “profoundly moving show that is as ugly as the city jungles.” Collapse )