In his New York Times review, Brooks Atkinson called the show "an incandescent piece of work that finds odd bits of beauty amid the rubbish of the streets." The production went on to play 732 performances and received six Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical, though that award went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man.
West Side Story has enjoyed several revivals, most recently in 2009 with Karen Olivo in the role originated by Rivera.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.