WEst Side Story Review

Published: Friday, April 24, 2015 By: Gary Chattman Source: WESTCHESTER ARTS AND EDUCATION REVIEW

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Review of "WEST SIDE STORY"

By GARY CHATTMAN

To paraphrase William Shakespeare: 

“Two households, both alike in dignity…in fair New York City, where Westchester Broadway Theatre lays our scene, from current grudge break to new fighting.  Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes—the Sharks and the Jets…a pair of star-crossed lovers named Tony and Maria face fighting and even death…Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows, do with death end blood feuds between Puerto Ricans and Americans… Thee fearful passage of their death mark 'd love.  And the continuance of their gangs’ rage,  which, with one of their children’s end, nought could remove.  Is now the traffick of the stage of the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York…to which if you, with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil in fighting over turf and prejudice, shall strive to mend. “

Now you have the plot of “West Side Story,” the current tenant of the Westchester Broadway Theatre. 

Many years ago, my wife and I were lucky enough to see the first show of the WBT after it moved from being “An Evening Dinner Theatre” to “Westchester Broadway Theatre. (You notice I keep repeating the name).  The name of that show was “A Chorus Line,” and at that time I remarked that this presentation, in Westchester, was every bit as entertaining, moving and professional as the Broadway show had been.  Today I have to say that WBT’s version of  “West Side Story” is every bit as entertaining, moving and professional as the Broadway show and its many incantations since, have been.

The one major shining star of this production is Barry McNabb, the Director/Choreographer.  You can look at his many successes in the playbill; you can see that he has a Lortel Nomination for Choreography.  You can see that he has a Drama Desk nomination.  You can see that he has worked on “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien.”  You can say that this man is a natural director; a natural choreographer.  If you have the luck to witness the dancing in this show, you will leave, as they say, “singing the dancing!”  This