“West Side Story” first premiered on Broadway in 1957. A film adaptation was released in 1961. 60 years later, Stephen Spielberg directed another film adaptation. In 2019, it first premiered at the Lyric Opera. And now, in June of 2023, it opens again at the Lyric.
The Lyric Opera’s production of “West Side Story” is an enthralling and powerful interpretation of the classic musical. With its remarkable staging, phenomenal performances, and a timeless score, this rendition successfully captures the essence of the original while bringing its own unique flair to the stage.
One of the most impressive aspects of this production is the innovative staging. The three story set smoothy transforms from scene in an impressive fashion.
The cast of “West Side Story” at the Lyric Opera delivers exceptional performances that leave a lasting impression. The chemistry between the two rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, is palpable, and their intense dance battles showcase the immense talent and skill of the entire ensemble. The vocal performances are equally impressive, with the actors’ powerful voices filling the opera house and conveying the raw emotions of the characters.
In particular, the lead roles of Tony and Maria shine brightly. Their portrayals are filled with youthful innocence, passion, and heartbreak. The chemistry between them is electric, and their duets are nothing short of breathtaking. The supporting cast also deserves applause, as each actor brings depth and authenticity to their respective characters, adding layers to the narrative.
The orchestra, conducted with finesse and precision, beautifully brings Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score to life. The melodies are both familiar and fresh, evoking a wide range of emotions, from the exuberance of “America” to the haunting melancholy of “Somewhere.” The music not only drives the story forward but also serves as a powerful commentary on the themes of love, prejudice, and the clash of cultures.
Overall, the Lyric Opera’s rendition of “West Side Story” is a must-see production that pays homage to the original while delivering a fresh and captivating experience. With its stunning visuals, outstanding performances, and the enduring power of Bernstein’s score, this rendition reaffirms the musical’s status as a true American classic. Prepare to be moved, dazzled, and enthralled by this remarkable interpretation at the Lyric Opera.
Cost of a ticket: $67 – $242
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Get tickets now for West Side Story at the Lyric Opera through June 25th!