WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Friday, May 8, 2015 By: Bruce Apar Source: BRUCE The Blog
“Gee, Officer Krupke” to the youthful yearnings of “Maria” and the “I Feel Pretty” to the achingly beautiful “Somewhere” ballet and “I Have a Love,” Maria’s plaint to her sister Anita (Allison Thomas Lee).

 “West Side Story” is nearing its 60th birthday, and yet every time you hear its touchstone numbers — starting with the instantly recognizable whistle that sparks the breathlessly-paced prologue, in place of an overture — it’s as if you’re hearing sounds of nature being created on the fly.

This music courses through our consciousness like blood through our veins.  That’s what makes “West Side Story” the apex of American popular art.

With musical direction by Ryan Edward Wise and direction and choreography by Barry McNabb, this production runs through July 5, 2015.