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Off Broadway

West Side Story

Thomas Ellenson

Happy Tony weekend! Yesterday I made a trip to the recipient of this year's Regional Tony Award- Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. The final show in their 2015-2016 season is the classic musical, West Side Story.

The Acting:
Matt Doyle played the leading man role of Tony and was fantastic! I loved his rendition of the show-stopping ballads "Something's Coming" and "Maria," and was a perfect match opposite Belinda Allyn as Maria for the famous duets "Tonight" and "One Hand, One Heart." Another cast standout was triple-threat Natalie Cortez as Anita, who also played the role on Broadway in the 2009 revival. The rest of the cast playing Jets and Sharks were phenomenal dancers and performed the classic Jerome Robbins choreography brilliantly. On a side note, this is one of the largest casts I've ever seen at Paper Mill!

Score/Book:
I'll keep this paragraph short since I feel like everything has already been said about the material of the show- it's a beloved classic for a reason and even 60 years later the songs are still as beautiful as when the show first opened in the 1950s. The story and message of the show is still relevant today. There is a reason why this is considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time.

My opinion:
Paper Mill is one of my favorite regional theaters and they put on a wonderful production of West Side Story. I'll give it 7/10 escapes! If you can make it up to Millburn, New Jersey, go see it before the run ends on June 26th!