Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this.
Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija García. Through research, Artistic Director Joseph Haj realized that the gang fight between the Sharks and the Jets wasn't between the Puerto Ricans and white immigrants—it was between the Puerto Ricans and "an anthology of what it means to be American." That means that yes, there are African American Jets. There are Asian Jets.
Yet some things still stay the same, like the electric songs "Cool" and the gym dance scene, the soaring notes of "Tonight, Tonight," and the irresistible draw of love and hope in a time when it is difficult to find.
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