Riveting from start to finish, the re-mastered 50th anniversary MGM film version of West Side Story fairly leaped off the wide screen at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Literally and figuratively underscored by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the pathos of the familiar epic so touched the full house audience that we were breathing in unison.
Two aspects made the program even more poignant - Nov. 16 was new citizenship affirmation day in Indianapolis; and it marked the return of film to Circle Theatre once again was hosting film and live orchestra, replete with the sale of popcorn and vintage-style movie house candy, procured from the novelty sweets shop next door. David Newman conducted with crisp precision; the players put heart and soul into the score. Nov. 16 and 17 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Nov. 18 at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts