No, not me. I have never been in such a romance. I like to think that the people I surround myself with would have no problem with anyone I bring into my life. They did give me some grief for my Jersey girlfriend!
I don’t think that the world still follows the “stick to your own kind” guidelines, but I think it does still exist. It is still a current topic in movies, on the stage, and on the streets.
WEST SIDE STORY AND THE TEST OF TIME:
It has already stood the test of time and I think it will continue. Its message is that of love conquering through hardship, that is something anyone can relate to. And although it’s sad, racism is and I think will continue to be a large part of lives.
AND THE SPANISH?
I am a huge fan of the addition of Spanish. It gives the Puerto Rican characters a sense of empowerment and a greater sense of character. I think it aides in the reality of the show.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
West side story stands for love overcoming hate. Although Tony and Maria don’t end up together their passion for their love to overcome is what drives the story.
YOUR CONNECTION WITH WEST SIDE STORY:
During the ballet of “Somewhere” I find myself near tears every night. It is by far the most beautiful, powerful number in the show. Nearly every character is on stage, Sharks and Jets as one, without hate, without separation.
I relate most to my character, I have since day one. He is an optimist and he sees the beauty in everything, and although I am not always that, I strive to be.
HOW IT’S CHANGED YOU:
This show reminds me how lucky I am. I am very blessed to be a part of this production, to be surrounded by a wonderful cast and crew, and to have the loved ones that surround me and accept and support all that I do.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Temple Buell Theatre
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Tickets & Tours: 303.893.4100