Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of “West Side Story” by Irving Shulman. I would recommend this play to anyone who has seen the movie or stage production of "West Side Story" or for anyone who wants to read a tragic love story. (“He wanted to be taken seriously as an artist but was foiled by the bastard medium he embraced … which made the struggle to be seen as an artist that much more encumbered.”) In the end, though, none of these explanations rings altogether true, if only because Gefter himself provides so much evidence to refute them: from the sensational artistic triumphs of Warhol (miraculously unhindered by commercialism’s “barrier” and “taint”) and Arbus (not in the least bit “foiled” by her medium) to the venerable reputation that Avedon’s chief rival in the fashion-photography business, Irving Penn, enjoyed among art-world insiders. T. As a fan of the film I picked up this book thinking it would just be a fun little rehash of the story, something small to carry in my bag and read on breaks at work. Bernstein was named Music Director of the Philharmonic one year after the opening of WSS, and although he later performed and recorded the Dances with the orchestra, he never, prior to the 1985 recording, conducted a performance of the show. So dumb. But, she soon forgives Tony, not knowing that their time together is drawing to a close. Sondheim also wrote new lyrics for "America", performed by all the Sharks and their girls (in the stage version it is presented by four girls only). West Side Story is a nice novel. Maria - Kiri Te Kanawa; Tony - Jose Carreras; The Jets are the American boys. 2019) I never get tired of seeing it over and over again, either in the movie theatres, or on TV. Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, April 15 1990, Mass Market Paperback, Bargain Price, April 15 1990. Then there are the Sharks. West Side Story Summary and Study Guide. West Side Story tells a story of how Tony (a polish America who used to lead the local gang, the jets) and Maria (a Puerto Rican teen part of the rivaling gang) find love despite their backgrounds and public opinions. Can they stick out with their love, Like Romeo And JUliet, Or will it Just fade away? Benardo sister ends up falling in love with Riff's bestfriend Tony which is also a Jet and this causes more problems in the gang. Maria and Tony continued to meet in private, while the two gangs continued to feud. If Hollywood wasn't so racist she'd have been in a lot more movies, that's for sure. I expected more out of reading West Side Story. (Theorists from the past have nicknamed the tritone Diabolus in musica (Devil in music"). It's easier to split up my review however, so I will. And it was SO GOOD. If this had been stretched out into a longer book and the second half of the book fleshed out like the first half I might have enjoyed it more. Although there are many borrowings of plot and content from R&J to WSS, Arthur Laurents, author of the book for the musical, did not verbally borrow from Shakespeare. Their leader is Riff and their lieutenant is Diesel. The American's do not want the Puerto Ricans in Their town. NO. But since Wood had already been filled with musical inaccuracies, Nixon had to compensate for them. Barnardo, the leader of the Sharks, has a younger sister named Maria. We’d love your help. And this really shows its age! David Newman) This is a great product for fans of West Side Story! She'd be pretty otherwise, but then I found out she didn't even do the singing! To create our... (Vocal Score). You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Music by Leonard Bernstein. That he succeeded, and did so brilliantly, is attested to by his companion-in-arms Alan Jay Lerner: "Arthur Laurent’s book, with its moving re-telling of the Romeo and Juliet tale. Ultimately, he said, he cared about nothing but mapping “the geography of the face — the emotional geography as revealed through what I see on the face.”. Hundreds of young hopefuls auditioned for the original production. Review The gangs unite over Tony's death. The original 1961 film version of West Side Story is a hauntingly beautiful great golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical that is a feast for the mind, the heart, the ears and the eyes. Similarly, Betty Wand, a mezzo-soprano, was hired to do some, but not all, of Rita (Anita) Moreno’s singing. But the most convoluted dubbing problems were those for the voice of Natalie Wood (Maria). To purchase sheet music for songs and arrangements from West Side Story, please visit our store. The Jets are the white gang; the Sharks are the Puerto Ricans. When they find Tony, they congregate at Doc's, a department store which is the perfect place for the gang to hang out. First, it anticipates the conquest of high society by an outsider whose middle-class Jewish background and (closeted) homosexuality ought, in the logic of midcentury WASP bigotry, to have barred him from that milieu. A very nice "modern" version/interpretation of Romeo and Juliet that takes a look at certain aspects of society (gang culture and racism) that are still applicable today. When they first conceived the show in 1949, Robbins, Bernstein and Laurents set their story on the east side of Manhattan, and gave it the working title East Side Story. If not for the title, it would be too easy to write this book off based on its shortness, but you have to remember that the story itself only covers a few days. All rights reserved. It could have been done more skillfully, in my opinion, as these lyrics seemed very forced. They planned to stage the conflict between rival Catholic and Jewish groups. This Story tells a tale based on a modern day Romeo and Juliet. Tel: (212) 358-5300 The two groupsattend a community dance to plan a fight. West Side Story by Irving Shulman is an excellent book about two rival street gangs in New York City. Such mixed feelings! USA, (212) 315-0640 At best, keeping company with them gave Avedon access to the most audacious and “transgressive energies then animating and shaping American culture,” in the words of a former director of the Richard Avedon Foundation. The leader of the Jets (Whites) riff does'nt the leader of the Sharks (Purto ricans) Benardo. But one historical first has yet to occur in the annals of recorded Broadway musicals: a full original cast album conducted by its composer. for violin and orchestra, West Side Story Suite (arr. Tel: (020) 7580 2060, Reprint of music and lyrics The Jets are the white gang; the Sharks are the Puerto Ricans. West Side Story began as a Broadway play and is recognized asone of the most creative musicals in the twentieth century. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. List of Deaths Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. Not only have I made it a point to go and see it, with or without family and/or friends, but I've even made special road trips to the opposite end of the Bay State and to neighboring states just to see the original 1961 film version of West Side Story on a great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre with the lights down low, and sharing the whole experience with other people, whether I know them or not. He is perhaps best known for his long conducting relationship with the New York Philharmonic, which included the acclaimed Young People's Concerts series, and his compositions including West Side Story. At the same time, his pictures conveyed a strikingly mature, exquisitely lyrical sense of gesture and movement. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. When she was finally "in the can," Wood was informed that Nixon had been elected. They must keep their love a secret because of their rival gangs but unfortunately, their love suddenly ends in a grim and somber way. He was the first conductor born and educated in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim. And then Maria had the nerve to tell Anita that she didn't understand, and that she had truly loved Bernardo, she would have understood. If the dialogue did not follow the movie or the songs were out of order it bothered me. It's interesting to read this musical in the age of Trump not knowing that Puerto Rico has been part of the States since the late 1800s. Refresh and try again. For general licensing inquiries, click here. This was a modern day interpretation of Romeo and Juliet and one of the most popular show in the history of Broadway. Problems arise when Maria falls in love with Tony, a member of the Jets. . Then there are the Sharks. The book itself was pretty good.As for the ending and the two main characters,I thought the ending was just bad,and I did not like the two main characters. . There are no discussion topics on this book yet. No Kindle device required. A New ‘West Side Story’ Steps Beyond Jerome Robbins Concert Suite No. . New York, NY 100001 Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019. Although not drawn by Gefter, a former New York Times journalist and the author of several volumes on photography, this analogy squares with his stated “belief in Avedon as one of the most consequential artists of the 20th century.” Accordingly, his aim in “What Becomes a Legend Most” is “to make a case for Avedon’s place of achievement alongside his peers in the pantheon of 20th-century arts and letters.”. And, indeed, the songs were recorded in that manner, with Wood being continually told how "wonderful" she was. Best thing about the movie: the dancing. In more recent times, American folklore had assimilated the myth into the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. . Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. On one hand, this is one of the best scores from the genre of musical-theatre, especially orchestrally. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. But Brooke pales by comparison. In order to navigate out of this carousel, please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.
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