West Side Story at the NAC: I Had A Lot of Fun And I Think Most People Will.
Last night, I went to the opening show of West Side Story at the NAC and I had a great time.
It was my first time seeing a live performance of West Side Story. I think I pretty much smiled the whole way through. Which may seem weird, because the show ultimately is a tragedy, but I was just too delighted by the music and the dancing not to smile (although, my heart strings were pulled in the right places too).
For me, this stage production is much more entertaining than the film, which I only saw for the first time this year. The story is also much more satisfying than the one on which it’s based — Romeo and Juliet.
Having said that, for the record, I should say the final scene, as scripted, is somewhat disappointing but, as far as I can tell, that isn’t the fault of this production. Also, on opening night, I didn’t think Evy Oritiz’s voice was strong enough for Maria’s songs, although she otherwise played the role nicely. In contrast, as much as I enjoyed Ross Lekites’s voice for Tony, I had a hard time believing he’s the toughie his friends claim he is. Even so, he was still fun to watch.
Overall, I really enjoyed the production and I had a lot of fun. I think most people will. This is definitely worth seeing and it only runs in Ottawa until March 18!
- Sterling Lynch