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Author:  djb [ Fri Apr 04, 2003 3:33 pm ]
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Please don't let anyone do a remake of West Side Story! Even if they managed to make it less dated and corny, I can't imagine the dancing being any better than what the original cast did. WSS-phile that I am, I suppose I'll have to get the DVD.

Author:  salzberg [ Fri Apr 04, 2003 5:59 pm ]
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What's next? Casablanca?

Author:  djb [ Sat Apr 05, 2003 3:02 am ]
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Well, if they remake Casablanca, Ilse really will say, "Play it again, Sam."

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jun 14, 2003 8:51 am ]
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'West Side Story' sparkles in park

John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune/Metromix

It is astonishing to realize that Leonard Bernstein has been gone 13 years. How rich, how full of boundless promise, our musical life seemed to be while this protean musician walked among us! <a href=,0,1516661.story?coll=mmx-critics_heds target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:50 pm ]
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Something's Coming: Seller and McCollum Making Plans for Bway Return of 'West Side Story'

Kenneth Jones
Playbill On-Line

Maria, Tony, Anita, Bernardo, Riff and the rest of the gang of West Side Story - the groundbreaking musical of 1957 - will be brought back to Broadway by the groundbreaking producers of Rent and La Bohème. <a href= target=_blank>more on Yahoo</a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:05 am ]
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Lyric carries off swagger, joy of 'West Side Story'
By KATHY JANICH for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Lyric's cast of 19 may not have rockets in its pockets, but it has enough cool to recommend it. This is especially so in collaborations with Atlanta Ballet and Theatrical Outfit, teamwork that for once gives this often fusty company some swagger in its step.

Atlanta Ballet's Joe Roesner has done the choreography; eight colleagues handle the footwork. Theatrical Outfit Managing Director Kate Warner has directed, giving this 1957 classic about a love match lost in gang warfare a tension and fluidity missing in such past Lyric productions as "Camelot" and "Mame," "Carousel" and "Man of La Mancha."

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 8:02 am ]
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Stage Door Theatre revisits West Side Story in intimate, effective revival

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 21, 2004

The Stage Door Theatre's revival of West Side Story is a marvel of compact efficiency, vigor and imagination.

Nearly 50 years past its groundbreaking premiere, the musical glows anew whenever given a sincere compliment. The treatment at the 26th Street Theatre in Wilton Manors is as sincere as it gets, highlighted by the fact that the action at the 300-seat playhouse is up close and personal.

Author:  kurinuku [ Sun Jun 20, 2004 7:45 am ]
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Review: 'Guys and Dolls' is a sure bet at Tuacahn, but 'West Side' is sluggish

The Salt Lake Tribune
June 20, 2004

Tuacahn's production of "West Side Story" is pretty and witty, but with its glitches and miscast hero it often doesn't shine brightly.

(More in the second part of the linked article.)

Author:  Diana [ Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:52 am ]
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From the Advocate,

'West Side Story' focuses on dance, movement

Advocate Correspondent


Young love set against the backdrop of clan warfare is the dramatic engine that drives "West Side Story," one of the crown jewels of 20th Century American musical theater.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:02 am ]
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Lots of Verve in a 'West Side Story' Produced on Its Own Turf

The New York Times
December 10, 2004

"West Side Story," the musical about teenage gang warfare in the slums, is being staged at the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts.

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:33 am ]
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From Terry Byrne in the Boston Globe:
From this gang, a soaring ‘West Side’
With the opening bars of “West Side Story,” a kind of electric charge surges through the audience. ....

Barrington Stage Company, launching its first full season in its beautifully renovated, 520-seat theater here, has gathered its own remarkably talented creative team, including Julianne Boyd as director, Darren R. Cohen as music director, and Joshua Bergasse re-creating Robbins’s original choreography.


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