Lately Shane and I have been so flat out and distracted (see previous post), it would have been easy to miss the powerful Opera Australia production of West Side Story at the Arts Centre Melbourne, which we saw last night. Fortunately, we’d purchased our tickets well before we dreamed we’d be in the throes of house moving. The story (based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) and the sublime Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score have lost none of their edge or relevance, moving us from laughter to tears, from shock to despair to hope in the blinking of an eye. The dances are breathtaking, the entire cast impeccable. In fact, everything about this production is perfection.
This morning we've both returned to scrubbing and packing with a renewed spring in our step.