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West Side Story – A Review


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West Side Story Singapore 2017

West Side Story Singapore 2017

Romeo and Juliet inspired  play West Side Story has recently hit the shores of Singapore. The Musical by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein opened at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands earlier on this week on the 13th of September.

I was lucky to be invited  to view this musical and it was my 1st time stepping into the Mastercard Theatre to watch a show.  As the show was not suitable for under 16s   due to the adult themes I brought a long a friend to watch the show together with me and we had a blast.

Our tickets to the preview of West Side Story

Our tickets to the preview of West Side Story

Set in the mid 1950s , the tragic love story between a Puerto  Rican girl (Maria) and a  White American (Tony) was portrayed by an all American cast.   The lead actor Marc Koeck as Tony opened up the play with an impressive rendition of his solo ” Maria”. The lead actress   Natalie Bellenger as Maria appeared on stage shortly after and they engaged in the duet  “Tonight”.

Instant chemistry was clearly evident between the leads and the hostility between the rival  street gangs the  Puerto Rican Sharks and Jets, a white gang could be strongly felt by the audience through a mixture of  dance and song. There were elements of pop, funk and jazz brought out through the bold movements of the dancers as they pranced around the stage effortlessly.

Watching the musical brought back memories to the time when I was performing on the violin as part of the live ensemble  during my secondary school days for the plays that were put up as part of the school’s anniversary celebrations.   It has been a really  a long time since I have heard a live orchestra and dancers belting out tunes while dancing on stage.

Capturing a shot with Amie of @mamamiethots before the show started

Capturing a shot with Amie of @mamamiethots before the show started

The first half of the 155 mins musical moved rather slowly as the shenanigans of the rival gangs were played out.  The pace picked up after the intermission and it ended on a “bitter sweet” note after the shootout which resulted in Tony’s death.

The West Side Story is still showing nightly at the Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres  at Marina Bay Sands till the 30th of September. (You can still catch it while you can!!)

Tickets are from S$55 to S$185  and can be purchased via the  Sistic  website. 

Limited Time Offer
Cool Tix (Students & NSFs) at S$35 nett ticket*
Silver Tix (Senior Citizens above 60 years old) at S$35 nett ticket*

*Only applicable to E Reserve ticket.
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Disclaimer: I was given 2  tickets to view the musical West Side Story. All opinions are 100% my own.






7 Responses to West Side Story – A Review

  1. I’m not fond of watching a stage play but I think West Side Story is a good play. Good to know that you enjoyed watching the play with a friend. It is a good “me-time”.

  2. I have watch a lot of act in theaters… but I haven’t had the chance to watch a musical. It must be nice. Good thing you enjoyed the West Side Story.

  3. I’m so envious! I wanted to watch this but we reserved the funds for Sound of Music na kasi which we think the kids will appreciate more. My son also has a friend performing in the show, so he looks forward to supporting her. Mahal kasi ang theater. Wish I could be invited in all these shows as a perk din!

    I wonder how different the new staging is from the original, classic staging. I saw some clips on YouTube and the rendition of “America” was spectacular. It’s one of the musicales where the performers should be triple threats – singing, dancing and acting. So I would expect nothing less. Hope they restage it again!

  4. What an awesome way to spend your me-time. It has been a while since I last watched an adult play. The past few plays I was able to watch were all children’s plays coz I always bring my kids with me.

  5. I would want to see the west Side story as well. I saw a big billboard advertising it. It seems they will also be staging the same in the Philippines.

    Theater plays is one if my faves. Love seeing the actors act, sing, and even dance.

  6. I’ve seen this posted in the ads online. I’ve never had any experience watching plays on the big stage but we had a few plays done in the church about Joseph the Dreamer, David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big fish. I’ve watched the first two, not the latter yet. I think this one’s good.

  7. I think the last time that I watched a musical was way back in college (more than a decade ago!) I told my husband that I want us to watch a theatrical performance but it’s not his cup of tea.

    I’ve been hearing about this West Side Story but all along I had no idea what it is about. I learned something new about your post, thanks! 🙂

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