‘West Side Story’ Is Back With An Updated Theme

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Time is running out to see the popular “West Side Story” playing at the Hippodrome.

Andrea Fujii explains how the cast has updated the 54-year-old show.

It sounds like the timeless classic, but this “West Side Story” — complete with the rivalry between the Jets and Sharks — has a more contemporary feel.

“Twelve percent of the show is now in Spanish to lend more realism to the Sharks. The whole show has a more realistic tone,” said Drew Foster, cast member.

The musical adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” set in New York City first debuted in 1957. Choreographers for this 2011 Broadway version wanted to give it an update.

Cast members started practicing the edgier dance moves in August, three months before going on tour.

“Lots of people go to the gym, lots of people work out, but the show itself is a workout into itself,” said Foster.

Cast members say the show’s heart and soul hasn’t changed and hope you’ll come and see it.

“West Side Story” runs through April 24. Tickets range in price from $22 to $77.

For ticket information, click here.

  • Terry

    Saw this version on Broadway. If you are a West Side Story fan (as I am), prepare to leave the show shaking your head and wondering why they would choose to mess with a classic. My 10 year old son enjoyed it but I was very disappointed. For $22.00 I guess you can’t go wrong but keep your expectations in check.

  • Richard Crystal

    Thank you, Terry. I haven’t seen this version and I don’t plan to. I can’t help but wonder if anything was changed to make it more politically correct, They did that with “Annie Get Your Gun” and left out one of it’s best numbers.

  • Rose Cupelli Johnson Reed

    Tickets were way more than 22.00, How about 80.00 plus. Now I am taking an 84 year old man to see a classic that he loved. How am I going to explain this. I wish I would have been told about the 12% in Spanish. I would not have gotten the tickets

  • sheriff willie

    Who in the hell can afford tickets to go to the Hippodrome? It’s in a lousy neighborhood & if you’re not getting ripped off with the ticket prices, you will finding parking, paying for it & or getting robbed. They’re the only White people in an otherwise darkside of town

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