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WEST SIDE STORY Tour

theminutepast
Broadway Star
joined:2/1/06
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/26/14 at 05:15pm
Has anyone seen the West Side Story tour recently? It will be my first time seeing the show and I'm hoping it will be good. It looks like this is the tour version of the revival on Broadway just a few years back. Did they officially drop the Spanish version of "I Feel Pretty"?
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gleek4114
Broadway Legend
joined:5/24/13
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Posted: 4/26/14 at 05:27pm
I saw it about 1 year ago. I was not impressed.
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/26/14 at 06:00pm
We were going to get it in San Diego but it got replaced with Mamma Mia. I'm curious too about what I'm missing now.
trpguyy
Broadway Star
joined:2/25/05
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/26/14 at 06:37pm
I can't speak for this year's tour but last yeah (same production) the reps from the Bernstein estate said it was the "best sounding production to date," so that's something.
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JoseLee_
Stand-by
joined:5/24/13
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Posted: 4/26/14 at 07:17pm
I saw the tour in LA March of last year and it was amazing! It's the 2009 broadway revival production. Yes, they sing & speak spanish.
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PalJoey
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joined:3/11/04
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Posted: 4/26/14 at 08:03pm


the reps from the Bernstein estate said it was the "best sounding production to date," so that's something.

That sounds doubtful. Which reps?

yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
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ShbrtAlley44
Broadway Legend
joined:8/1/03
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/26/14 at 09:58pm
I saw the matinee today in Baltimore and thought it was fantastic. There was a little bit of indicating, but nothing objectionable and seemed due to the direction. I was really impressed with this cast particularly since I had seen last years tour and was thoroughly disappointed.
grandpianoalex
Stand-by
joined:2/15/10
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/27/14 at 12:42am
Saw this a couple years back---the non-eq. I absolutely hated it. The Tony was singing wrong intervals in "Maria". The orchestra was 9 members. For West Side Story? That's not acceptable to me. It sounded SO empty. I was disappointed.
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/27/14 at 03:15am
Saw the tour back in 2011. I enjoyed it for the most part.
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promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/27/14 at 08:17am
My parents got us tickets for my birthday to see it in June. I also have never seen a production of it, so thanks for all of the comments!
GlitterandBeGay2
Chorus Member
joined:3/22/14
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/27/14 at 02:29pm
They reduced the amount of lyrics sung in Spanish in the last tour, compared to what's on the cast recording, which made it less gimmicky and a lot more enjoyable for me. Plus the Tony I saw appeared more age appropriate than Matt Cavenaugh.
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HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
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Posted: 4/27/14 at 04:17pm
Ugh. 9 musicians? NINE musicians? For West Side Story. Jesus. At that point, they'd be better piping in pre-recorded orchestras. These second, third, fourth, fifth national tours are such ****ing scams. They get to use the same branding/marketing campaigns as the original productions while dramatically reducing the production values, slotting in underpaid amateur actors and charging the same damn prices. I know not everyone has access to NY or a major regional theatre town like LA or Chicago, but I think you'd be better off seeing a regional theatre production than seeing one of these later-in-the-game national tours. And you'd have enough $$ left over for a nice post-theatre dinner.

Also, I'm calling total bull**** on this little doozy unless the poster has a source:
"I can't speak for this year's tour but last yeah (same production) the reps from the Bernstein estate said it was the "best sounding production to date," so that's something."

What "rep" from the Bernstein estate would say a 9-piece orchestra was producing the best sounding production of WSS to date?? Their temp receptionist, perhaps?




Updated On: 4/27/14 at 04:17 PM
stagewright
Chorus Member
joined:3/2/10
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/28/14 at 11:43am
The Bernstein estate has to be talking about the first national tour 2010-12, before it was sold off. I saw it in Boston, the show sounded amazing.
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PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
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Posted: 4/28/14 at 12:17pm


The "Bernstein estate" doesn't speak.

yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
trpguyy
Broadway Star
joined:2/25/05
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/28/14 at 12:43pm
Yup, totally made it up for absolutely no reason.


Not really sure why it's relevant who from the Estate paid the sound designer a compliment (and not that I remember, it was a year and a half ago).


Also re: the orchestra - it's 9 pieces supplemented by Sinfonia, but often expanded with local musicians (from what I'm told).
Updated On: 4/28/14 at 12:43 PM
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/28/14 at 01:04pm
First of all...
It is INCREDIBLY insulting to every actor on that tour to call them amateur. They are all working professionals. Lack of a union card does not make them amateur. Frankly, every person on this current tour and the last leg who I have seen jn other productions have impressed me and I would be likely to see the show if given the chance simply on that.

As far orchestra size, is. 9 optimal? No. But touring a 24 piece band near impossible and when playing split weeks and one-nighters and often in less than ideal markets, there just is not the opportunity to hire and rehearse local musicians.
And YES, those nine talented and LIVE musicians DO play with digital augmentation to fill out the sound. In some houses, bad acoustics do not help matters, but there ya go.

As far as the tour marketing and prices, stop blaming the producers.. It is not their doing. Blame the booking presenter in each city. The producer says "here is the show we are sending out, this is the weekly guarantee we need." The local presenter sets the ticket price and markets the show as part of their season.
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PalJoey
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joined:3/11/04
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/28/14 at 01:11pm


So "best sounding" means "best sound design"? Not "best sounding" musically?

yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
trpguyy
Broadway Star
joined:2/25/05
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/28/14 at 01:24pm
The two are mutually inclusive, at least to a large extent, don't you think?
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Tom 2
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joined:12/28/06
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Posted: 4/29/14 at 07:29am
... and remember: seeing a gang dancing and singing down a street can be more frighting than seeing a gang coming toward you.
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matineeidol2591
Stand-by
joined:6/10/09
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/29/14 at 08:24am
This tour has been running non eq for close to three years now, and its BUSTED. Hopefully they hang up their hats after this leg.
LostinTranslation
Swing
joined:3/13/14
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/29/14 at 06:13pm
The Broadway revival had the original complement of 31 musicians, not 24. 9 musicians is a sham.
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/29/14 at 09:29pm
I was using a rough number. The revival did have the original compliment, but they also had a cut list that they never implimented that would have taken it down to 25 had the chosen when sales fell,
I wont call 9 musicians a sham because of the nature of this tour, especially since it could have easily been a conductor, drummer and a single keyboard player operating a digital orchestra, as the last leg of the Wizard of Oz tour did,
Mudbug
Chorus Member
joined:6/27/08
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/30/14 at 09:25am
Love West Side Story
trpguyy
Broadway Star
joined:2/25/05
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/30/14 at 01:11pm
"This tour has been running non eq for close to three years now.."

It opened in the fall of 2012 and had a long summer break. How does that math work out?

Updated On: 4/30/14 at 01:11 PM
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ShbrtAlley44
Broadway Legend
joined:8/1/03
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 4/30/14 at 01:33pm
I agree that last year's tour was pretty busted but this one was quite strong.
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JailyardGuy
Broadway Legend
joined:9/3/03
WEST SIDE STORY Tour
Posted: 6/6/14 at 01:30am
Just a small correction, there were 12 of us in the pit this year, not 9. I was the reed 2 (principal clarinet/bass clarinet, solo Eb clarinet/tenor sax, and 2nd flute). No, it wasn't optimal, but I think we did a rather respectable job with the reduction (which had to be auditioned for and approved by the Bernstein Estate), as did a large majority of our audiences this year, judging by the hordes of people that made it a point to stop by the pit after every show. Did we enjoy playing with the Sinfonia? Of course not. It's impossible to play in tune with because every patch is tempered differently, and many of the patches sound nothing like the instruments they're replacing, but it was either take the gig or...not. It is what it is, as they say.

We had an incredibly talented and hardworking cast, and it has been an honor and a privilege to spend the last 8 months of my life in that pit and play with all of these people. (They are at the moment finishing the last week of the tour in DC, but they had to lay off 7 of us from the orchestra and hire locals for the National Theatre, because even though we are a union orchestra, and the sitdown was short enough not to invoke the standard local rule, they objected to the use of the Sinfonia and made it a condition that they lay us off and hire 15 local musicians if they were going to use it in that house). Such are the vagaries of the touring life...

I'm glad to hear some of you enjoyed our production this year. :)
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