I was lucky enough to see Mixed Voice’s much-anticipated production of West Side Story last night at Norwich Playhouse!
A riot of colour and song, the show appealed both to me – who had never experienced the story of West Side Story before – and my colleague, who had seen numerous productions in the past as well as the film. This is a testament to its wide appeal – you don’t have to be a die-hard fan to enjoy this musical!
The costumes were brilliant, as was the set design - both effectively evoked the 1950’s in all its crazy, technicolour glory! The female characters’ dresses particularly shone, in my opinion, and I mentally noted styles I’d love to wear myself, given the chance – style inspiration at its best! There were only a few different set designs but they summed up New York so well – the fire escapes and street scene of the city blended really well into Doc’s Bar, as well as other settings which helped make this production feel authentic and impressive.
There’s plenty of well-loved songs, jazz hands and, of course, drama - plus the odd touch of cheesiness (which we all come to expect from a good musical!). I have to say that the two main leads, who played Maria and Tony, were really brilliant! Their voices (and that includes their accents - Peurto Rican and Manhattan respectively) were very convincing and strong, and for me they really stood out in the many songs throughout the production.
The supporting cast was also very good – many of which were local actors, singers and dancers – and, altogether, they’ve definitely done Norwich proud!
Catch West Side Story at Norwich Playhouse now until Saturday 27th August, with 7.30pm performances each evening and a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 27th August.
Tickets £19.50 or £18.00 for concessions and group bookings of 10+; call 01603 598598 or book online.