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Onstage: West Side Story

By Rick Pender · February 28th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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When I was 12, a song grabbed my attention. It was from West Side Story, a young man singing about an exciting event he felt was heading his way. “Could be…who knows? … There’s something due any day — I will know right away, soon as it shows.” The song was “Something’s Coming,” and it spurred me to buy my first LP (the 1961 version of downloading an MP3), the soundtrack for the movie of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway hit.

It’s coming again — to the Aronoff Center, through March 11. The 2009 revival was staged by 92-year-old Arthur Laurents (he wrote the original show’s book) with more grit and Hispanic influence than the original. This tour is an incredibly energetic production with iconic choreography. If you’ve never seen it, go. And if you have, go again. $40-$75. 800-982-2787.

 
 
 
 

 

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