Prince began cutting the budget and raising money. The production continued for over a year. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Your request to send this item has been completed. On the plus side, all of the pages are there. Typical was John Chapman's review in the New York Daily News on September 27, 1957, headed: "West Side Story a Splendid and Super-Modern Musical Drama". You can easily create a free account. , As of March 12, 2020, the show suspended production, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until June 1, 2021 at the earliest. 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Only the bodies of Riff and Bernardo remain.  A French language adaptation, translated by Philippe Gobeille, opened in Montreal, Quebec, in March 2008. When the producer of The Painted Veil replaced Gardner with Eleanor Parker and asked Laurents to revise his script with her in mind, he backed out of the film, freeing him to devote all his time to the stage musical. The production transferred to London's West End opening at the Prince Edward Theatre in October 1998, transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre where it closed in January 2000. 9 people found this helpful . The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Laurents stated, "The musical theatre and cultural conventions of 1957 made it next to impossible for the characters to have authenticity. Robbins then announced he did not want to choreograph the show, but changed his mind when Prince agreed to an eight-week dance rehearsal period (instead of the customary four), since there was to be more dancing in West Side Story than in any previous Broadway show, and allowed Robbins to hire Peter Gennaro as his assistant. Robbins kept the cast members playing the Sharks and the Jets separate in order to discourage them from socializing with each other and reminded everyone of the reality of gang violence by posting news stories on the bulletin board backstage. As Tony leaves, he tells Maria to meet him at Doc's so they can run away to the country. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Rita Moreno (Anita) was the first Latina actress ever to win an Oscar. Before he goes, they dream of their wedding ("One Hand, One Heart"). As the walls of Maria's bedroom disappear, they find themselves in a dreamlike world of peace ("Somewhere"). This book wishes it could be the actual West Side Story film. Far less well known is the fact that Shakespeare based his play (1594) on other material, particularly a narrative poem by Arthur Brooke entitled The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet (1562).. , In New York City, Laurents went to the opening night party for a new play by Ugo Betti. When Robbins opted to drop out, the three men went their separate ways, and the piece was shelved for almost five years. , The original Australian production opened in October 1960 at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, before touring to the Tivoli Theatre in Sydney in February 1961. Wherever possible in the show, we have tried to heighten emotion or to articulate inarticulate adolescence through music, song or dance. Featured performers were George Chakiris, who won an Academy Award as Bernardo in the 1961 film version, as Riff, Marlys Watters as Maria, Don McKay as Tony, and Chita Rivera reprising her Broadway role as Anita.  The pre-Broadway run in Washington, D.C. was a critical and commercial success, although none of the reviews mentioned Sondheim, listed as co-lyricist, who was overshadowed by the better-known Bernstein. [Arthur Laurents; Leonard Bernstein; Stephen Sondheim; Random House (Firm),] -- The feud between two New York teenage gangs abruptly ends the brief happiness shared by Maria, a Puerto Rican girl, and Tony, a member of the Jets. Director, choreographer, and idea-man Jerome Robbins has put together, and then blasted apart, the most savage, restless, electrifying dance patterns we've been exposed to in a dozen seasons .... the show rides with a catastrophic roar over the spider-web fire-escapes, the shadowed trestles, and the plain dirt battlegrounds of a big city feud ... there is fresh excitement in the next debacle, and the next. A 1958 production at the Manchester Opera House transferred to London, where it opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End on December 12, 1958, and ran until June 1961 with a total of 1,039 performances. Riff wants to convince his best friend and former member of the Jets, Tony, to meet the Jets at the dance. In the 1964 and 1980 revivals, "Somewhere" was sung by Francisca rather than Consuelo. The two met at The Beverly Hills Hotel, and the conversation turned to juvenile delinquent gangs, a fairly recent social phenomenon that had received major coverage on the front pages of the morning newspapers due to a Chicano turf war. , The original book Laurents wrote closely adhered to Romeo and Juliet, but the characters based on Rosaline and the parents of the doomed lovers were eliminated early on. The other reviews generally joined in speculation about how the new work would influence the course of musical theater. Later the scenes related to Juliet's faking her death and committing suicide also were deleted. West Side Story (Vocal Score) ISBN. , Laurents was soon hired to write the screenplay for a remake of the 1934 Greta Garbo film The Painted Veil for Ava Gardner. The Jets, Sharks, and adults flock around the lovers. The two draw their switchblades and get in a fight ("The Rumble").
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