Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Did you catch the NYT preview of the new West Side Story revival opening on B'way this week?

Excellent little peek at the changes Laurents has made in his latest version of this musical theater classic.  I'm glad to hear they've recreated Jerome Robbins's original choreography, glad to see that Karen Olivo's going to be rocking it as Anita, and even gladder to be reminded that Lin-Manuel Miranda has translated much of the Sharks' material into Spanish so that we now have a bilingual musical theater experience.  And I love Stephen Sondheim's perspective on the question of whether the original piece is dated or not: "It's relevant if it moves you."  Yes.

But just one thing bothers me: SS has poodles??

Oh, Stevie.  You've let me down.


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