West Side Story Spotlight Productions' ambitious staging of "Romeo and Juliet meets the Brat Pack" (or West Side Story) features some excellent voices and choral work. Bernstein and Sondheim's music and lyrics range from classic ballads ("Tonight," "One Hand, One Heart" and "Maria") to the jazz-hot "Cool" to the insipid "I Feel Pretty." Keith Parker and Christina Rios anchor the production as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria -- their duets are heavenly. But the production suffers from slow pacing, tedious choreography and bland stage combat -- with the exception of the knife fight between Riff (Alan Naylor) and Bernardo (David Sajewich), which kicks up the action quite nicely. Jay Hall is suitably nasty as Lieutenant Schrank and Ronald Sladon plays Doc with world-weary frustration. Director Mike Traas adds a bizarre twist at the end that's more confusing than cathartic. West Side Story plays through July 18 at Marquette Theater, 2351 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield. Call 636-938-2362. -- DJ
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