The West Side Story from the Prather family’s new Broadway Palm series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has so much to praise, yet, joins local productions to underscore how there are always aspects that fail to live up to what everyone intuits the piece can be.
The electrifying choreography by Al Blackstone and the vibrant staging by Marcos Santana in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s West Side Story not only wipe away any disappointment at not seeing Jerome Robbins’ vision, their work is so strong and original that Robbins rarely invades the audience’s consciousness.
For a director born in Puerto Rico, Marcos Santana sees West Side Story’s depiction of gang warfare between New York natives and Puerto Rican immigrants containing some aspects that don’t quite ring true for contemporary residents of the Caribbean island.
There is nothing especially wrong with The Wick Theatre’s riff on West Side Story, But if you’ve seen other productions, by comparison, the modestly entertaining result is competent but rarely reaches those emotional peaks that the work is proven capable of.
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Tagged Arthur Laurents, Bruce Levine, Charles South, James Olmstead, Jeff Smith, Leonard Bernstein, Mary Joanna Grisso, Pasqualino Beltempo, Stephen Sondheim, Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong, Thaddeus Pearson, The Wick Theatre, West Side Story
Critics and award judges have been talking about it for weeks: The sheer amount of high quality work has made evaluating the last 12 months unusually challenging, but also an opportunity to remember one of the most rewarding calendar years in recent memory. So here’s a supremely subjective stab by all three critics here at Florida Theater On Stage at recognizing the shows and performances that stood out from a pack of productions.
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Tagged 1776, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, Actors Playhouse, After, Alex Alvarez, An Act of God, Andre' L Gainey, Anna Lise Jensen, Area Stage Co., Arts Garage, Arturo Rossi, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Barbara Bradshaw, Ben Bagby. The Normal Heart, Bert Rodriguez, Bessie Smith: The Devils’ Music, Betsy Graver, Broward Stage Door, Buyer & Cellar, Caryl Fantel, Charlie Cinnamon, Chris Crawford, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, Dan Knechtges, David Arisco, David Nagy, Deana Butler-Rahming Ja’Nia Harden, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Elizabeth Dimon, Evening Star Productions, Feeding The Bear, Florida Grand Opera, GableStage, Genie Croft, Gregg Weiner, Gretchen Porro, Ground Up and Rising, Hand To God, Heathers, Helen Gregory, I Love A Piano, Island City Stage, James Brennan, Jeni Hacker, Jim Gibbons, Jodi Dellaventura, John Harden II, Joseph Adler, Julie Kleiner Davis, Karen Stephens, Keith Garsson, Kevin Black, Kristian Bikic, Larry Buzzeo, Laura Hodos, Lindsey Corey, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Louis Tyrrell, Lourelene Snedeker, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marco Ramirez, Margery Lowe, Maria Elena Garcia, Mark Duncan, Matt Loehr, Matthew Korinko, Maureen Anderman, Me and My Girl, Mia Matthews, Michael Aman, Michael McKeever, Million Dollar Quartet, Mud, Murdered To Death, New Theatre, Nicholas Richberg, Nicole Stodard, Niki Fridh, Our Lady of 121st Street, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Parallel Lives Chris Crawford, Passion, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Tei, Perfect Arrangement, Peter Galman, Peter Lovello, Putting It Together, Rapture Blister Burn, Ricky J. Martinez, Ron Hutchins, Roof, Rudi Goblen, Sarah Gracel Anderson, Shein Mompremier, Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, Skye Whitcomb, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Smoke, Sondheim On Sondheim, Spring Awakening, Stuart Meltzer, Teddy Harrell, The Flick, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Minister’s Wife, The Nether, The Passenger, The Realistic Joneses, The Royale, The Soul of Motor City, The Wick Theatre, The World Goes Round, Theatre At Arts Garage, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University, Thinking Cap Theatre, This Random World, Three Sisters of Weekhauken, Toddra Brunson, Tom Wahl, Wesley Slade, West Side Story, William Hayes
Actors’ Playhouse pulls out all the stops to mount its annual winter centerpiece production. Director David Arisco molded a troupe of actor-singer-dancers who deliver a vibrant evening remarkable for its prolonged sections of power and verve.
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Tagged Brian DiRito, Brian Varela, David Arisco, Drew Arisco, Ellis Tillman, Emily Tarallo, Eric Alsford, George Schiavone, Isabelle McCalla, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Jose Lu, Ken Clement, Lindsay Bell, Marco Antonio Santiago, Nikki Allred Boyd, Ron Hutchins, Sarah Amengual, Theo Lencicki, Tim Bennett, Tim Quartier, Valentina Izarra, West Side Story
These are not at all necessarily what we predict will be the best shows this season (although they may be) or the best attended or the most popular or the most award-winning. We don’t care. These are the shows we most want to see for a variety of reasons.
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Tagged Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Christopher Demos-Brown, Dogfight, Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Jennie Hacker, Kravis on Broadway, Lee Roy Reams, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Nicholas Richberg, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Passion, Spring Awakening, Stalking The Bogeyman, Stripped, The Bridges of Madison County, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, West Side Story, William Hayes, Zoetic Stage
West Coast author Misha Berson got it right when she observes that West Side Story’s place in world-wide popular culture exceeds that of a mere musical.