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Musical Review

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014 11:02 AM

'West Side Story' is entertaining at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

Photo credit: ©Carol Rosegg, 2012

The National touring cast of "West Side Story"

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- 'West Side Story," the musical, is set in the gang ridden streets of the upper west side of Manhattan in the 1950's. Act one begins with the Puerto Ricans (Sharks) and the "white" boys (Jets) who are rival gangs and meet in the neighborhood and start a fight until a cop breaks it up. A nice touch, I thought, was that the Sharks speak in their native tongue.

Maria (Maryjoanna Grisso) works in a bridal shop with Anita (Michelle Alves) who is the girlfriend of her brother, Bernardo (Michael Spencer Smith) who is the leader of the Sharks. Anita makes a dress for Maria. When Maria tries on the dress, she wants the dress to have a lower neckline, but Anita disagrees.

Then, there was the dance that Tony (Jarrad Biron Green) agreed to go to. Maria enters. They are drawn to each other and it was like out of Romeo and Juliet. They fall in love. They dance together, but Bernardo pulls her away from Tony. At the dance, the rivalry continues and the Jets challenges the Sharks to a rumble tomorrow after dark under the highway. When Maria finds out about the rumble, she asks Tony to stop the fight. The hatred, intolerance and violence continue.

There was a 15-minute intermission between the two acts.

"West Side Story," the book, was written by Arthur Laurents, the music by Leonard Bernstein, the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and the choreography by Jerome Robbins. The orchestra played tunes such as "Tonight, Tonight", "I Feel Pretty" and "A Place for Us." I thought that there was quite a bit of dancing in this musical.

The Fisher Theatre in Detroit hosts West Side Story from May 13-18, 1024. Tickets range from $36-$76 (includes parking and facility fees). Performance times are Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

OERALL RATING: B

Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY range from $36 - $76 (includes parking and facility fees) and go on sale Sunday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box offices. For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call (313) 871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

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Photo credit: ©Amy Boyle, 2013

Michelle Alves and Michael Spencer Smith in "West Side Story"

 

Photo credit: ©Amy Boyle, 2013

MaryJoanna Grisso and Jarrad Biron Green in "West Side Story"

 

 

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