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'West Side Story' Still Relevant to Modern America

By July 10, 2010

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I recently saw the Broadway revival of West Side Story, which proved to be a timely venture as the immigration law snafu heats up in Arizona. Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this musical follows star-crossed lovers from the Anglo-American and the Hispanic cultures.

Peppered with Spanish dialogue and lyrics, this revival has remained true to the genius production created by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. While I, personally, would have preferred the revival in its original, all-English brilliance, Jerome Robbins' ground-breaking choreography has been retained and is performed by an amazing cast of male dancers. With great performers all around, West Side Story is as relevant now as it was when it opened in 1957.


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