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West Side Story

April 11th - October 31stFestival TheatreTicket Info
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8 Reviews

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Stratford musicals become a...

Kuchwara reviews both Sondheim productions and adds to the the growing group of critics championing Statford’s W.S.S. over Broadway’s. “Jennifer Rias… makes you almost forget Karen Olivo’s fiery, Tony-winning interpretation of the role, the best thing about the New York revival.

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Stratford Festival musicals top the...

“…in terms of delivering heart, truth and sexual intensity, Griffin’s beautiful, gut-wrenching “West Side” is far, far superior to Arthur Laurents’ current Broadway revival.” The review is part of a feature story.

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'West Side Story' full of passion, humor

“Over 55 years, plenty of magic has been conjured on the Festival Theatre stage, but I doubt that the sweat, craft and exuberance I witnessed on the opening night of “West Side Story” last weekend have ever been matched.”

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Stratford festival gets to the heart...

Johnson notes the “dance is the high card” of the show. Overall it’s a positive review with one exception: as Tony, Paul Nolan’s “expressive range as an actor is narrow.”

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Not so witty, but gritty and...

More critical than other reviews, Cushman makes some very pointed comments about the male lead, the direction, the supporting cast, but he raves about the dancing and adores “Chilina Kennedy’s Maria… she beats all other Marias I’ve seen, and most Juliets.”

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A stunning West Side Story

Nestruck includes the production currently running in New York. “It’s not a competition, of course, but… the gang whose turf is north of the border would win. No matter what weapon is chosen – singing, dancing, acting – Stratford’s production… is unbeatable.”

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A story like no other

Coulbourne writes “Chilina Kennedy proves to be a Maria for the ages.” He credits the director Gary Griffin with directing “the kind of production that ensures that by its end, Kennedy will have the entire audience squarely in the palm of her hand.”

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This Story achieves greatness

raves: ” It isn’t good. It’s absolutely great….it may well be one of the best productions of a musical I’ve seen anywhere in the world in 55 years of theatre going.”

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