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West Side Story - The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 25th May 2014 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
West Side Story

Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is still a joy to the eyes and ears. Including unforgettable songs such as Maria, Tonight, Somewhere and America with Jerome Robbins original choreography this current production is still as engaging as ever.

The story follows Tony and Maria, two lovers from rival gangs on the rough New York streets. Puerto Rican Maria (Katie Hall) is forbidden by her family for going out with American Tony (Louis Maskell).

For the first 20 minutes of the show there is not one female on stage as the rival gangs of males try to sort out their differences. The duet between Maria and Tony as they sing Tonight, is one of the highlights of the show.

The orchestra led by Ben Van Tienan fill the theatre with lush orchestration and make the songs come alive.

The show lasts nearly 2 and a half hours but because the show is so engaging and entertaining it flashes by.

Spectacular dance sequences

Receiving a standing ovation from the mainly female audience this is a show that still sounds and looks as good in the 21st century as it did 50 years ago.

Runs until Saturday 31 May 2014, tickets from £19.00 available from:
www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Graham. I agree, this is a very exciting production. The best West Side Story I have ever seen (and I've seen quite a few!).
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