It’s a story as old as time: spic girl falls for polack boy from a rival street gang. Everyone sings about fighting, feelings and the future. They express their feelings of love and/or fight before everyone lives happily ever after.

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  1. Stephen Scott December 22, 2021

    Caveat: IMHO West Side Story is the greatest musical ever written.

    Right. The Spielberg version.

    Anyone who loves musicals has a favourite performance - the original, revival or movie. "How could they better the original?"

    While technical advances are obvious, the simple matter of casting age and ethnic appropriate actors stamps this new interpretation as the definitive.

    The issues of racism, sexism, police brutality and social inequality are as alive today as they were when Shakespeare wrote the original plot for this musical.

    At least we get to tap our feet and hum along as we nod sagely in agreement with the moral heart: "if you prick us, do we not bleed?".

    5 stars out of 5. It's as close to perfection as you can get. Obviously avoid it if you don't like musicals.

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