February 20, 2020 at 5:33 pm #1203354405
Predictably, the radical revival of West Side Story has opened to mixed reviews, ranging from raves to pans. A majority seem to lean positive, though.February 20, 2020 at 5:46 pm #1203354413
Yeah, people will indeed have very differing opinions of the new West Side Story, but those who’ll like it will really like it. Then again, it’s also worth noting that the original Broadway production from 1957 didn’t get instant acclaim.February 20, 2020 at 5:56 pm #1203354419
For people boycotting the show, I wonder how many of them are doing so because of Amar Ramasar, and how many of them are doing because they’re mad about the cutting of certain numbers and the abandonment of Jerome Robbins’ choreography.February 20, 2020 at 6:16 pm #1203354437
A friend of mine who used to live in New York actually wasn’t planning to see it next time she’s in the city anyway, but the trimming of the material and Amar’s involvement further cements that.February 20, 2020 at 8:18 pm #1203354576
I’m not surprised about the mixed reviews. These mirror last year’s Oklahoma. I hated that show and I hated this one too. I’m all for re-imagining a Broadway show, but these were not done well. This is the issue I have with a lot of Broadway critics today. They will eat anything up that seems “out of the box” and “avant-garde.”February 21, 2020 at 6:35 am #1203354957
My perception of that is even if people don’t love the end results, they’ll at least appreciate the risks the creative teams are taking. This new West Side Story might be Broadway’s equivalent to the recent Joker movie from last year where it’s a bold new take on classic material that audiences will have varying opinions on (especially given how violent it is), but the champions will really be singing their praises.February 21, 2020 at 12:23 pm #1203355584
This is not even close to Joker. Joker was actually a great movie and one of my top 5 last year. This show is not.February 21, 2020 at 2:36 pm #1203355741
I’m just saying that the overall reception seems similar on the surface.February 21, 2020 at 4:22 pm #1203355855
No matter how many Tony nominations West Side Story gets, I’m willing to bet right now it goes home empty-handed on Tony night.February 21, 2020 at 4:49 pm #1203355898
Let’s just wait for the rest of the season to shape up first before making any official predictions for how West Side Story is going to do on Tony night.February 28, 2020 at 10:12 am #1203363922
Complete casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of Company, which will begin performances on Monday.
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/198611/casting-complete-for-broadway-revival-of-company-starring-katrina-lenk-patti-lupone/March 2, 2020 at 7:02 pm #1203368138
Diana will be releasing a cast recording this summer. https://www.playbill.com/article/new-broadway-musical-diana-will-have-original-cast-recordingMarch 5, 2020 at 6:59 pm #1203372641
Girl From the North Country has opened on Broadway, and it looks like critics appreciated it much more than audiences have.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-GIRL-FROM-THE-NORTH-COUNTRY-Opens-On-Broadway-See-What-the-Critics-Are-Saying-20200305March 5, 2020 at 9:02 pm #1203372720
Not surprised about the mostly great reviews for Girl From the North Country. Critics loved it at the Public and in London so I knew they’d love it here too. I still don’t think it will win any major Tonys. I hated the book, but loved the singing/music.
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