Thursday 31 July 2014

West Side Story.

(Photo from my Instagram

On Tuesday I went to the theatre to see West Side Story. As you probably already know, West Side Story is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s New York city. Romeo and Juliet here become Tony and Maria, respectively. Maria's brother, Bernardo, is head of a Puerto Rican gang called the Sharks and Tony is an ex-member of another local gang called the Jets. The gangs mostly fight by dancing and clicking their fingers a lot but it's not as silly as it sounds, I promise.

I saw the movie of West Side Story for the first time a couple of years ago and honestly it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I did enjoy it but maybe I just had my expectations set a little too high. That doesn't even really matter anymore though because in my opinion this production totally blew the movie out of the water. If you've seen the movie but didn't enjoy it as much as you thought you would then I would definitely recommend trying to make it to a live production because I really do think seeing it live gives the whole story a more intense kind of emotion. And if you're near Plymouth before the 9th August then I would definitely recommend this one! I was particularly impressed with the acting and the musical direction in this production and completely floored by the singing of the actors playing Tony and Maria, who both had really gorgeous voices.

Of course I cried throughout the curtain call. I mean I usually do but this was almost at Blood Brothers levels. Almost. Nothing will ever be at Blood Brothers level but this was pretty close.

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  1. I sat backstage to wait for curtain call when we did this my junior year and I cried EVERY SINGLE TIME. I am a pathetic lump of humanity.

    1. I understand 100%. I was a sobbing mess, it was so embarrassing.

    2. And we're nowhere near as cute about it as our Tony's real life little brother. He was only like four, so when we all came out afterwards to greet the audience, he runs up to Zach and starts hugging him and won't let go because he thought Zach /actually died/ onstage. It was heartbreakingly adorable.

    3. Oh my God that's possibly the cutest thing I've ever heard???