Thursday, May 13, 2010

West Side Story in KL






I was fortunate to be invited to catch West Side Story – The Original Broadway Musical at Istana Budaya yesterday evening. This is a gritty modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – actually the setting is in the mid-1950s and the musical explores the romance between Maria and Tony, members of two rival, race-based gangs (one representing native-born New Yorkers, and the other immigrant Puerto Ricans) in New York City. It supposedly boasts a New York cast and crew of more than 70 members.

This world-acclaimed award-winning production has been described as a musical with a “soul-stirring storyline, riveting choreography and unforgettable soundtrack” – having played to sold-out houses all over the world. And for the very first time ever, it is making its only Southeast Asian debut in Kuala Lumpur as part of its 50th Anniversary World Tour.

So did I enjoy the show? Yes, a resounding yes! And the company was super-fabulous too!
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But if I attended West Side Story, it also means that I would have missed another much-anticipated show, "Legacy" in our very own HICT Auditorium! So, Zechariah, I am sorry for being absent yesterday, but I am sure the show went spectacularly well.

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