WEST SIDE STORY, "The anthem of New York City" -- ???????????
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 11:39 am EDT 08/20/19

I was just flipping through New York magazine and I came across a full-page ad for Ivo van Hove's upcoming Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY. At the top of the ad is a quote from The New Yorker, presumably in reference to the show itself rather than this production (as the production hasn't been created yet), calling WSS "The anthem of New York City." This seemed to me an odd statement, so I looked up the word "anthem" to be sure, and the definition I found is: "a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause."

In my opinion, WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most beautiful and brilliant works of art ever created, but would anyone here describe the show as "rousing or uplifting????"

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