Bernstein and Sondheim’s Westside Story is now playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne. This was the first time I’ve seen this show on stage and it felt as new and exciting as it must have been when it opened on Broadway in 1957. It has since garnered a reputation as the best musical of all time and it would be hard to argue against that claim.
This production uses Jerome Robbins original Tony winning choreography, and the Australian cast do it proud. The show delivers one killer dance routine after another, and is an integral part of the story telling.
Bernstein’s music combine with Sondheim’s lyrics and Robbins choreography to redefine the genre. It really is that good.
If you’ve never seen West Side Story on stage you should get to the Arts Centre before this show closes.