A new version of “West Side Story” has just opened on Broadway. The version is somewhat updated from the original theatrical version which debuted in 1957. The most notable difference between the two, however, has been the translation of several songs and lines into Spanish.
With help from Lin-Manuel Miranda- creator of Tony-winning musical "In the Heights"- two of the musical’s best-known songs ("I Feel Pretty" and "A Boy Like That") become "Siento Hermosa" and "Un Hombre Asi." "It was a tall order, but a really fun challenge," said Miranda as the songs are performed splendidly by Argentine Josefina Scaglione as Maria and Karen Olivo as Anita.
Aside from the language changes the new version also takes on a “gritty realism” by taking on bigotry and racism.
Do the changes make a great play even better or is this a case of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”? See for yourself:
Online Sources- MSNBC, NY1, BBC News, New York Daily News