Getting the work on stage was still not easy. 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.
This is followed by a monologue by the ineffective Lt.
They planned to stage the conflict between rival Catholic and Jewish groups. 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.
Longer-lasting were the several revivals of Gypsy, the most recent of which starred Patti LuPone and closed in January But Lenny [Bernstein] never found music that satisfied him and so to this day, West Side Story innovatively ends with a speech that is a dummy lyric.
She admits that Chino has a gun and is looking for Tony. The police chase the Sharks off, and then the Jets plan how they can assure their continued dominance of the street.
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. All at once, the project took off.
Doc is worried for them while Tony is convinced that nothing can go wrong; he is in love.
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.
Before he goes, they dream of their wedding " One Hand, One Heart ". How much Spanish is there in this version? He also shared his thoughts on current shows and stars, nixed the idea of Barbra Streisand in a film version of "Gypsy" and announced he finished another book that would no doubt ruffle a few more feathers.
Anybodys arrives and tells the Jets she has been spying on the Puerto Ricans; she has discovered that Chino is looking for Tony with a gun. Laurents eventually won the award for the less well-known Hallelujah, Baby!
The Jets, Sharks, and adults flock around the lovers. The musical was a huge hit, and the movie was lavished with a whopping 10 Academy Awards. 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.Arthur Laurents was born on July 14, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Arthur Levine.
He was a writer, known for Rope (), The Turning Point () and West Side Story (). He died on May 5, in Manhattan, New York teachereducationexchange.com: Jul 14, From Arthur Laurents, playwright, screenwriter, director—a mesmerizing book about theater, the art, the artist, the insider, the outsider—and the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage, West Side Story and Gypsy.
It is a book profoundly enriched by the author’s two loves, love for the theater and love for his partner of fifty /5(15). West Side Story is a musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and teachereducationexchange.com: Leonard Bernstein.
“West Side Story” was inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and centers on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs. Mar 23, · I spoke with West Side Story's director, theater legend Arthur Laurents. He's 91 and will probably live another 50 years.
Mar 23, · I spoke with West Side Story's director, theater legend Arthur Laurents. He's 91 and will probably live another 50 years.Download