I admit that before I was part of the musical, I wasn't a huge fan. But then I did the show and the cast grew so close that it was one of the best experiences of my life. And despite the fact that they messed up my character (one of the Jets i.e. a guy) and let me, a girl, play it... let's just say I've never had so much fun being a "one of the tough guys". And jumping off walls and stuff. And it really was an awesome show. Standing ovation every time. ;D
I bet there's a lot of people that have similar experiences... how they became part of West Side and it changed their lives. I'm a HUGE fan now. There's a lovely brick on my bedroom wall haha.
Was very excited that "Tonight", "America", and "Somewhere" made AFI's 100 years 100 songs list. Even more excited for the revival of West Side! :D