“Forgotten Hollywood”- West Side Story News and Notes…

Posted on July 6, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   West Side Story may be getting a remake. This news courtesy of Steven Spielberg, who has been hoping to adapt the musical for decades. After finally securing the rights, Spielberg apparently recruited his Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner to pen the script. Kushner is the acclaimed playwright behind Angels in America.

   The stage adaptation of West Side Story had an original libretto by Arthur Laurents, with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The 1960 Best Picture won 10 Oscars, including golden statuettes for Rita Moreno and George Chakiris for their supporting roles.

West Side Story

   Meanwhile, you can get your fix of the epic production, next week. West Side Story LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, July 14th and Tuesday July 19th. A cast has been assembled to provide the vocal narrative, minus the choreography.

   In a concert performance conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, this poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical takes us back to the mid-1950s and New York’s Upper West Side, where racial and social tensions run high. Hear many of the shows most famous songs, such as Maria, America, Somewhere, and Tonight.

   The updated version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet fits at the Hollywood Bowl, and for that matter, should captivate under the artful direction of Steven Spielberg. They promise to sizzle!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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