This review aired on KBAQ September 29, 2011
SHARP “WEST SIDE STORY” REVIVAL PLAYS ASU GAMMAGE TO SUNDAY
“WEST SIDE STORY”
The Jets and Sharks are again battling it out in original book author’s Arthur Laurents’ sharp 2009 revival of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “West Side Story.” The touring version of this recent Broadway success is playing through Sunday at ASU Gammage.
The Broadway production lacked the intensity, power, and throbbing drive of this superior road staging. Laurents’ revival brought fresh ideas to this now 54-year-old musical that uses Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as its inspiration. Although Laurents died earlier …