It feels quite . . . different.
A galvanizing new revival of “West Aspect Story” opened Thursday evening on Broadway, minus some familiar sights and sounds. Jerome Robbins’ famous choreography has been Jet-tisoned alongside with the “Somewhere” ballet, and Maria’s chirpy “I Sense Pretty” was given the ax. There’s no lengthier an intermission, with the musical now running a breakneck one hour and forty five minutes.
Instead, in Belgian director Ivo van Hove’s finger-snapping-free staging, there’s a gigantic video clip wall at the rear of a generally spare stage, modern-day apparel and a ferocity not noticed given that the musical’s