West Side Story

West Side Story is written in bold block letters in front of a collage of close up images of the actors in muted tones.

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Run Dates

August 05, 2019 - Open Run

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Running Time

2:0 hrs

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Show Description

Theatre performances in New York City have been suspended due to the COVID-19 heath crisis. A date to resume performances has yet to be determined.

When four theatrical giants — Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim — created West Side Story, it was immediately hailed as an "indisputable, boundary-busting masterpiece” (The New York Times) that “explodes every imaginable idea of what a musical can be” (New York Magazine).

Now, three of the most daring theater-makers of our time — director Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge and The Crucible), choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and designer and frequent Van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld — offer a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 23 young, brilliantly gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts.

"Is there any wonder it’s “the most eagerly-awaited production of the new season”?
- NY Post


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August 05, 2019 - Open Run

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Theatre Details


Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

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Public Transportation

By Bus: Take the M7, M20, M50, or M104 bus.

By Subway: B, D, E - To 7th Ave (At 53rd Street) and then West to Broadway. A, C, 1 to 50th Street, go north to 53rd Street. N, R - To 49th Street, proceed North or South to appropriate street. Q - To 42nd Street, head North.

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Wheelchair seating available in the Orchestra section only. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible.

Seating: Orchestra: No steps. Mezzanine: 2 flights of stairs (up 31 steps) 11 steps/landing/9 steps/landing with restrooms/3 steps/landing/8 steps. Please note, once on the Mezzanine level there are approx 2 steps up/down per row. Entrance to Mezz. is behind Front Mezzanine row F and in front row A of rear mezzanine.

Elevator\Escalator: There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.

Parking: The closest lot is Maestro Parking, 888 8th Avenue.

Entrance: No stairs at the entrance to the lobby.

Restroom: Unisex wheelchair accessible restroom located on lobby level.

Water Fountain: Water available from the bar. Water fountain down one flight of stairs in lower lobby.

Telephone: A pay phone is located in the theatre lobby.

Assisted Listening System: Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.

Visual Assistance: Vision seats in the front of the orchestra for purchase on the phone, in person, or on the website.

Folding Armrests: Six (6) seats with folding armrests available as mobility seats.

Reviews (3)

Musical theater traditionalists may be aghast. For me, this “West Side Story” is by far the toughest and therefore the best I’ve ever seen, and that includes the 1964 movie, the 1980 and 2009 Broadway revivals, as well as a few other productions seen around the world. For all of this show’s technical wizardy, van Hove also achieves a musical miracle with his actors: He turns the star-crossed lovers Tony (Isaac Powell) and Maria (Shereen Pimentel) into very real rebels, and, in the process, he eradicates their cardboard Romeo and Juliet pedigree, which, in my opinion, is the major flaw of Arthur Laurents’ book.


Like much of Ivo van Hove’s bold, often thrilling production, the opening sequence is big and small at once. Throughout the show, live scenes coexist or alternate with filmed ones, including many that occur offstage entirely; detail is blown up into spectacle, and spectacle is subsumed into detail. Van Hove’s West Side Story functions very differently from any we have seen before. If the result is sometimes murky, it is also frequently revelatory—a major accomplishment in a show whose status as a classic threatens to freeze it in time and relevance.


Nonetheless, and balancing out the disappointing elements, there are ample pleasures to be had, courtesy of both the powerfully talented young cast and, of course, the glories of the score. Powell’s Tony has an almost cherubic youthfulness that makes both his impulsiveness and the depth of his yearning for Maria acutely truthful. And Shereen Pimentel’s Maria has a matching freshness, exuding a softly radiant sense of discovery, but also, crucially, an inherent emotional maturity that even Tony lacks — with tragic consequences, of course.