Version of 'West Side Story' based on 2009 revival
THE "WEST Side Story" that checks into the Academy of Music on Tuesday is unlike any production of the iconic musical ever seen in this area. It's based on the 2009 revival directed by Arthur Laurents, who wrote the show's book, and the differences will be noted almost immediately by those who have seen previous versions of the set-in-1950s-New York adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet." Instead of the opening ballet-inflected dance to "Prologue," the members of the working-class street gang the Jets simply walk onstage and glare at the audience. "I felt the gangs in the original production were sweet little things," Laurents said in an interview distributed by the company producing the show's current tour. "And the truth is, they're all killers - every one of them. I wanted to do a much tougher 'West Side Story.'?" Laurents died last May at 93.