Still the best
It's hard to believe that West Side Story —with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (in his Broadway debut) and choreography by Jerome Robbins—lost the 1957 Tony Award for Best Musical to The Music Man. I'll give you “Till There Was You,” but, no offense to Meredith Willson, “Shipoopi” is no “Somewhere” or “Maria” or “Tonight.” This updated version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet involving rival street gangs in an ethnic New York neighborhood is theatrical genius. 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; $40-$83. Music Circus, 1419 H Street; www.californiamusicaltheatre.com. Through August 9.