Fiddlehead's "West Side Story" is A Safe Rumble

When West Side Story appeared on Broadway in September 1957, critics described it as electrifying and savage. Fiddlehead Theatre Company brings this Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim musical classic to the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  However, they lack the electric and miss the savage.  By using many aspects of the original production by Jerome Robbins, the musical feels safe.  The vibrancy in the dance is lost, despite the eagerness and ability of the talented ensemble.  While some of the leading characters, particularly Kim Corbett as Maria, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva as Bernardo, and Pamela Turpen as Anita, offer star-studded and remarkable performances, this West Side Story is set in the safer alleyways, the “Tonight” that fails to reach its apex, but pleases the crowd nonetheless. 

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