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The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New Ambient Underworld - U 96* - Das Boot City in the mid s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood in the early s, much of the neighborhood was cleared in an urban renewal project for Lincoln Centerwhich changed the neighborhood's character. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Ricoare taunted by the Jets, a white gang.
The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. The original Broadway production, conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E.
Griffith and Harold Princemarked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for performances before going on tour. Robbins won the Tony Award Neue Welt - Mantus - Fremde Welten his choreography and Oliver Smith won for his scenic designs.
The show had an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals and international productions. He proposed that the plot focus on the conflict between an Irish Catholic family and a Jewish family living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the Easter— Passover season.
The girl has survived the Holocaust and emigrated from Israel; the conflict was to be centered around anti-Semitism of the Catholic "Jets" towards the Jewish "Emeralds" a name that made its way into the script as a reference. Bernstein wanted to present the material in operatic form, but Robbins and Laurents resisted the suggestion. They described the project as "lyric theater", and Laurents wrote a first draft he called East Side Story. Only after he completed it did the group realize it was little Too Kind - Pretty Pretty - Demo than a musicalization of themes that had already been covered in plays like Abie's Irish Rose.
When Robbins opted to drop out, the three men went their separate ways, and the piece was shelved for almost five years. Intheatrical producer Martin Gabel was working on a stage adaptation of the James Somewhere (From West Side Story) - The London Stage Orchestra & Chorus* - Musical Highlights . Cain novel Serenadeabout an opera singer who comes to the realization he is homosexual, and he invited Somewhere (From West Side Story) - The London Stage Orchestra & Chorus* - Musical Highlights to write the book.
Laurents accepted and suggested Bernstein and Robbins join the creative team. Robbins felt if the three were going to join forces, they should return to East Side Storyand Bernstein agreed. Missy Elliott - Teary Eyed - Dj Mixes auditioned by playing the score for Saturday Nighthis musical that was scheduled to open in the fall. Laurents liked the lyrics but was not impressed with the music.
Sondheim did not care for Laurents' opinion. Serenade ultimately was shelved. While in Hollywood, he contacted Bernstein, who was in town conducting at the Hollywood Bowl. The two met at The Beverly Hills Hoteland the conversation turned to juvenile delinquent gangsa fairly recent social phenomenon that had received major coverage on the front pages of the morning newspapers due to a Chicano turf war.
The two contacted Robbins, who was enthusiastic about a musical with a Latin beat. He arrived in Hollywood to choreograph the dance sequences for The King and Iand he and Laurents began developing the musical while working on Se Tu Mi Ami - Annalisa Minetti - Treno Blu respective projects, keeping in touch with Bernstein, who had returned to New York.
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. Bernstein had decided he needed to concentrate solely on the music, and he and Robbins had invited Betty Comden and Adolph Green to write the lyrics, but the team opted to work on Peter Pan instead. Laurents asked Sondheim if he would be interested in tackling the task.
Initially he resisted, because he was determined to write the full score for his next project Saturday Night had been aborted. But Oscar Hammerstein convinced him that he would benefit from the experience, and he accepted. The original book Laurents wrote closely adhered to Romeo and Julietbut the characters based on Rosaline and the parents of the doomed lovers were eliminated early on.
Later the scenes related to Juliet's faking her death and committing suicide also were deleted. Language posed a problem; four-letter curse words were uncommon in the theater at the time, and slang expressions were avoided for fear they would Save The Last Dance For Me - Various - Band In The World - Italian Hits dated by the time the production opened.
Laurents ultimately invented what sounded like real street talk but actually was not: "cut the frabba-jabba", for example. With the help of Oscar Hammerstein, Laurents convinced Bernstein and Sondheim to move "One Hand, One Heart", which he considered too pristine for the balcony scene, to the scene set in the bridal shop, and as a result "Tonight" was written to replace it.
Laurents felt that the building tension needed to be alleviated in order to increase the impact of the play's tragic outcome, so comic relief in the form of Officer Krupke was added to the second act. He was outvoted on other issues: he felt the lyrics to " America " and " I Feel Pretty " were too witty for the characters singing them, but they stayed in the score and proved to be audience favorites.
Another song, "Kid Stuff", was added and quickly removed during the Washington, D. Bernstein composed West Side Story and Candide concurrently, which led to some switches of material between the two works. Just as Tony and Maria, our Romeo and Juliet, set themselves Somewhere (From West Side Story) - The London Stage Orchestra & Chorus* - Musical Highlights from the other kids by their love, so we have tried to set them even further apart by their language, their songs, their movement.
Wherever possible in the show, we have tried to heighten emotion or to articulate inarticulate adolescence through music, song Somewhere (From West Side Story) - The London Stage Orchestra & Chorus* - Musical Highlights dance.
The show was nearly Razorfever - Dark Tranquillity - The Minds I in the fall ofbut almost everyone on the creative team needed to fulfill other commitments first.
Bernstein was despondent, but Sondheim convinced his friend Hal Princewho was in Boston overseeing the out-of-town tryout of the new George Abbott musical New Girl in Townto read the script.
He liked it but decided to ask Abbott, his longtime mentor, for his opinion, and Abbott advised him to turn it down. Prince, aware that Abbott was the primary reason New Girl was in trouble, decided to ignore him, and he and his producing partner Robert Griffith flew to New York to hear the score. Prince began cutting the budget and raising money.
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 foursince 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. Getting the work on stage was still not easy. Bernstein said:. Everyone told us that [ West Side Story ] was an impossible project And we were told no one was going to be able to sing augmented fourths Somewhere (From West Side Story) - The London Stage Orchestra & Chorus* - Musical Highlights , as with "Ma-ri-a" Also, they said the score was too rangy for pop music Besides, who wanted to see a show in which the first-act curtain comes down on Tipper - Twister dead bodies lying on the stage?
And then we had the really tough problem of casting it, because the characters had to be able not only to sing but dance and act and be taken for teenagers. Ultimately, some of the cast were teenagers, some were 21, some were 30 but looked Some were wonderful singers but couldn't dance very well, or vice versa Throughout the rehearsal period, the New York newspapers were filled with articles about gang warfare, keeping the show's plot timely.
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. He gave the ensemble more freedom than Broadway dancers had previously been given to interpret their roles, and the dancers were thrilled to be treated like actors instead of just choreographed bodies.
There were problems with Oliver Smith 's designs. His painted backdrops were stunning, but the sets were, for the most part, either shabby looking or too stylized. Prince refused to spend money on new construction, and Smith was obliged to improve what he had as best he could with very little money to do it.
Bernstein magnanimously removed his name as co-author of the lyrics, although Sondheim was uncertain he wanted to receive sole credit for what he considered to be overly florid contributions by Bernstein. Robbins demanded and received a "Conceived by" credit, and used it to justify his making major decisions regarding changes in the show without consulting the others. As a Listen, The Snow Is Falling (Alternate) (Harry Does Yoko Project) - Harry Nilsson - Zapata/Harry Doe, by opening night on Broadway, none of his collaborators were talking to him.
It has been rumored that while Bernstein was off trying to fix the musical CandideSondheim wrote some of the music for West Side Storyand that Bernstein's co-lyricist billing mysteriously disappeared from the credits of West Side Story during the tryout, presumably as a trade-off. Contrary to rumor, Sondheim did not write music for the show; his only contribution came on "Something's Coming", where he developed the main strain of the chorus from music Bernstein wrote for the verse.
They are warned by police officers Krupke and Lt. Schrank to stop fighting on their beat. The police chase the Sharks off, and then the Jets plan how they can assure their continued dominance of the street. The Jets' leader, Riff, suggests setting up a rumble with the Sharks.
He plans to make the challenge to Bernardo, the Sharks' leader, that night at the neighborhood dance. Riff wants to convince his friend and former member of the Jets, Tony, to meet the Jets at I Hate Everything - The Queers - Suck This dance. Some of the Jets are unsure of his Feierlicher Einzug Der Ritter AV103 - Richard Strauss, Bläser Ensemble Amadé - Complete Music For Wi, but Riff is adamant that Tony is still one of them "Jet Song".
Riff meets Tony while he's working at Doc's Drugstore to persuade him to come. Tony initially refuses, but Riff wins him over. Tony is convinced that something important is round the corner " Something's Coming ".
Maria works in a bridal shop with Anita, the girlfriend of her brother, Bernardo. Maria has just arrived from Puerto Rico for her arranged marriage to Chino, a friend of Bernardo's. Maria confesses to Anita that she is not in love with Chino.
Anita makes Maria a dress to wear to the neighborhood Княжна Анастасия - Анатолий Днепров - Для Президента. At the dance, after introductions, the teenagers begin to dance; soon a challenge dance is called "Dance at the Gym"during which Tony and Maria who aren't taking part in the challenge dance see each other across the room and are drawn to each other.
They dance together, forgetting the tension in the room, and fall in love, but Bernardo pulls his sister from Tony and sends her home. Riff and Bernardo agree to meet for a War Council at Doc's, a drug store which is considered neutral ground, but meanwhile, an infatuated and happy Tony finds Maria's building and serenades her outside her bedroom " Maria ".
She appears on her fire escape, and the two profess their love for one another " Tonight ". The Jets get antsy while waiting for the Sharks inside Doc's Drugstore. Riff helps them let out their aggression " Cool ".
The Sharks arrive to discuss weapons to use in the rumble. Tony suggests "a fair fight" fists onlywhich the leaders agree to, despite the other members' protests. Bernardo believes that he will fight Tony, but must settle for fighting Diesel, Riff's second-in-command, instead.
This is followed by a monologue by Somewhere (From West Side Story) - The London Stage Orchestra & Chorus* - Musical Highlights ineffective Lt. Schrank trying to find out the location of the rumble. Tony tells Doc about Maria. Doc is worried for them while Tony is convinced that nothing can go wrong; he is in love. The next day, Maria is in a very happy mood at the bridal shop, as she anticipates seeing Tony again.
However, she learns about the upcoming rumble from Anita and is dismayed. When Tony arrives, Maria asks him to stop the fight altogether, which he agrees to do. Before he goes, they dream of their wedding " One Hand, One Heart ".
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