The Cameri Theater’s production of West Side Story makes the audience feel as though they are watching the best show in town. Directed by Zedi Zarfati, a well-known Israeli director, this is one of the biggest musical productions ever staged in Tel Aviv. It is no wonder; the best part of the musical is its choreography by Amichay Hacham, which the dancers perform perfectly. The live music is also one of the major virtues of the production. The lighting and the clothing are colorful and dynamic, while the setting is dark for most of the scenes.
There are 45 talented dancers and actors on stage, they have energy that thrills and excites the audience. Ido Rosenberg plays Tony, his best part so far. Next to him, Meshi Kleinstein as Maria is a great singer, and her performance is touching and emotional. However, Rona Lee Shimon is the real star of the evening. She plays Anita’s part with a lot of charm, she is funny and serious, and is outstanding in both her dancing and singing. The musical is long, and although its pace is fast, it sometimes feels as though the most important scenes are missing. For instance, the development of emotions between the characters was not truly shown, and instead, other songs began and the dancers broke into the stage changing the vibe.
The best moment of the musical is not its sad ending, but its beautiful interpretation for the song ‘Somewhere.’ The stage colors turn white, and for one moment it’s possible to think that maybe this time the end of the story will be different. West Side Story touches the heart, and makes the legs move with the beat at the same time. Despite its shortcomings, it is worth seeing for those audiences who enjoy romance and miss New York.