(My apologies that MTT isn’t familiar with the tempo of this cha-cha)
So, the latest iteration of “West Side Story” finally opened on Broadway and is pulling in a cool million/week. Â I saw this show in DC during out-of-town tryouts. Â You can tell from the reactions that the critics see this as a way to define themselves. Â As far as I’m concerned Terry Teachout hits the nail on the head.
One really must wonder what the point of Mr. Laurents’ alterations is. Â Why the Spanish? Â For realism? Â Um, I kind of thought this was a musicalÂ we were talking about. Â If you want realism, make a documentary — chances are you won’t see street gangs singing and dancing through the streets of Manhattan.
Perhpas we should leave the translating to theÂ Takarazuka Revue: