Genre: Fiction, screenplay, Broadway musical.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
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The Broadway production of West Side Story opened in 1957.
Screenwriter, Ernest Lehman, adapted a "well-known stage production" and turned "it into something for the big screen."
The musical was produced and directed by Robert Wise.
Jerome Robbins worked as a second director and choreographer.
The musical director was Leonard Bernstein.
The lyrics were by Stephen Sondheim.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer was the studio.
The movie came to the big screen in 1961. The movie was in theaters for 77 weeks.
West Side Story was written as a modern twist on the Romeo and Juliet story.
Two rival street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, patrol their turf of 1950s in Manhattan, New York City.
Tony and Maria are the star-crossed lovers.
The principal cast:
Tony played by Richard Beymer
Maria played by Natalie Wood
Riff played by Russ Tamblyn
Anita played by Rita Moreno
Bernardo played by George Chakiris
I love musicals!
My mother was a big movie fan and loved musicals especially. One of my favorite memories is of us watching DVDs of musicals. Even though she had Alzheimer's, she remembered some of the songs from the movies. Bali Hai, from South Pacific, is the last song I heard her sing.
West Side Story is a sad story. But the music and dancing is uplifting, I can't help but twirl around my room when I hear the music.
What a dream it would be to see a Broadway musical!
The screenplay/scrapbook commentary on West Side Story is wonderful. A real gem to any enthusiast of this story.
The screenplay is tucked inside between the additional material.
The book is full of photographs, both from the movie and stage.
Biographies of the principal cast are included.
Included is a list of where movie locations were filmed in NYC.
The book begins with a letter from Ernest Lehman.