Friday, April 13, 2012
West Side Story
Tonight @ Marcus Center, 8 p.m.
Playwright and director Arthur Laurents conceived West Side Story as a clash between Roman Catholics and Jews; supposedly, Leonard Bernstein's love for Latin-Caribbean music transformed the story into the familiar struggle between the Puerto Rican Sharks and all-white Jets. The music was wonderful, the choreography brought ballet into the streets of urban America and the story's update of Romeo and Juliet remains meaningful the world over. This production runs through April 15.