West Side Story, presented by Carlton Operatic Society, is at the Nottingham Playhouse until 29 April.
The show, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Set in the slums of New York we observe the behaviour of two gangs, locals known as the Jets, and Puerto Rican immigrants named The Sharks. They argue and fight over streets they all claim to be their territory.
The opening scene with a ‘rumble’ between the gangs set the standard for the rest of the show, colourful, energetic, with brilliant choreography.
Dan Armstrong gave a strong performance as Tony. He explored a full range of emotions, from peacemaker, tender lover - to a man so consumed with rage that he commits murder and pays with his life. His voice was a pleasure to listen to.
|"The hard work that was put into this show was clearly evident and a professional standard was achieved."|
Samantha Parkes put masses of energy into her role. Her looks and clear singing voice made Maria vibrantly alive and her scene with the dying Tony was very emotional.
Everyone who took part in this production deserves to be commended for their energy and competence. The hard work that was put into this show was clearly evident and a professional standard was achieved.
At the beginning the set was stark with just scaffolding on the stage, and as the musical progressed they were used with good effect to represent different places within the story. The frequent scene changes were executed with quiet efficiency.
The costumes, particularly the ones for the girls, were very feminine and colourful with the full skirts and stiff net petticoats.
The orchestra had lots to do and their competent playing contributed to the success of the show.
Superb story, fantastic music, wonderful acting, singing and dancing all make this production well-worth going to see.