Review: West Side Story

Review of OUDS’s rendition of ‘West Side Story’.

The Oxford Culture Review


With some of the most iconic songs and choreography of any Broadway musical, a new staging of West Side Story is a daunting task for any production team. The original was nominated for six Tony Awards, and the subsequent 1961 film starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture – a tough act to follow. It is therefore to Oxford University Dramatic Society’s great credit that they have not only managed to put together a moving and convincing version (running this week at the Oxford Playhouse), but in places provided new perspectives on the play by choosing not to replicate the original staging and choreography. Never mind that this is a student company – by any standards (once the inevitable first-night technical hiccoughs have been corrected) this West Side Story is a superb show.

By far the greatest triumph of the production is Ed…

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