This Video of Broadway Dancers Performing 'Cool' From 'West Side Story' Is So Magical

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From The Pioneer Woman

Although Broadway has been dark for a year now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the performing arts community has continued to find creative ways to keep the joy of theater alive. Whether it's airing free performances of The Phantom of the Opera or releasing Hamilton on Disney+, there have been plenty of options for musical lovers out there.

So it's no question that Broadway fans just like Ree Drummond will love this gorgeous rendition of West Side Story’s “Cool,” which took place all over New York City. American Dance Machine for the 21st Century recently released the video, which uses the 1961 movie’s original choreography from Jerome Robbins, who won two Academy Awards for the film.

In the video, 10 professional dancers are shot individually across New York City, performing in iconic locations including the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and Central Park. It starts with each dancer snapping along to the music, while the city is on display behind them. It’s both an ode to the famous Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim number, as well as a nod to the city itself.

Previously, ADM21 put on a performance of A Chorus Line’s “The Music and the Mirror,” in a similar mashup-style video. You'll want to keep an eye out for more Broadway-inspired numbers from them! If you’d like to donate to the organization, 20 percent of their proceeds will also go to The Black Theatre Coalition and The Actors Fund.

And if you want more, you can satisfy your musical theater urges by taking our movie musical this-or-that quiz!