**** Highly Recommended **** Paramount Theatre’s spectacular production of “West Side Story” phis definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen. Combine Leonard Bernstein’s glorious music and Steven Sondheim’s amazing lyrics, and you have one of the best musicals ever written. Although it premiered more than fifty years ago, “West Side Story” is continues to be relevant today. The star-crossed lovers, Tony (Will Skrip) and Maria (Zoe Nada), just reach out and grab at your heart strings. In fact, I was entranced whenever Skrip, who has an amazing vocal range, and Nadal sang together! I had a tear in my eye at the end, so I give “West Side Story” 4 Big Spotlights.
“West Side Story” runs through April 24th at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes with an intermission. Performances are Wednesdays at 1:30 and 7:30 pm; Thursdays at 7:00; Fridays at 8:00; Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00; and Sundays at 1:00 and 5:30 pm. Tickets range from $41-$56. While valet parking is available, there is free street/lot parking nearby. FYI (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com.
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