The classics are always the best. I have seen many plays since I’ve come to Chicago and I’ve seen many famous actors perform on stage. Tonight I was privileged to to feel the opening night energy at the Oriental with “West Side Story” this revival brings a musical version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to life.
At the time of its premiere it was considered explosive for musical theatre. With Leonard Bernstein’s powerful score and Jerome Robbins choreography , it was ahead of its time. David Saint directs and Robbins choreography was reproduced by Joey McKneely. The New York tale is fully brought to life by the energetic cast.
Addison Reid Coe charms the audience with his lyric voice as Tony. He as the same charm as a young Matthew Morrison. He captures the romance of the young idealist. The romantic tale becomes more real with MaryJoanna Grissoas the sweet angelic Maria, with a voice like an angel she conveys the love and honor she has for her brother and how it is tested with her love for Tony. Her duets with Coe, brings the audience to tears. There is only one word to describe Michelle Alves, passion! She brings fire to the stage in her Role as Anita. He dancing literally put me in a trance, her acting brought me back to life.
Along with the intense dramatics there are the contrastic comedic moments. Guy Mandia Jr. had the audience roaring during “Gee Officer Krupke” If you want to laugh and cry then go see “West Side Story” now playing at the Oriental Thearte for a limited time. Get more info and tickets at www.broadwayinchicago.com/