Spanish “West Side” Opens In D.C.

westsidestory_dcThe Broadway-bound revival of “West Side Story,” directed by its original book writer, the irrepressible Arthur Laurents, has opened out-of-town: at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Variety is impressed. Money quote: ‘The classic tune “I Feel Pretty” is now “Siento Hermosa,” and large chunks of dialogue are in Spanish… Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”) penned the new lyrics under the watchful eye of Stephen Sondheim.’ (or, as I suppose we must now call him, Esteban Sondheim.) Variety continues: ‘Laurents supervised the book revisions. The concept works beautifully from every perspective, as in the ensemble’s most chilling reprise of a bilingual “Tonight.”‘

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