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 Posted:   May 7, 2019 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

Interesting thread on WSS:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/168703499943554?view=permalink&id=1241917222622171

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2019 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Interesting thread on WSS:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/168703499943554?view=permalink&id=1241917222622171


Broken link, unfortunately

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2019 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

Interesting thread on WSS:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/168703499943554?view=permalink&id=1241917222622171


Broken link, unfortunately


The link works for me. Try opening Facebook, go to the MUSICALS ON SCREEN! group and enter "west side story" in the search box at the top of the screen. The author of the first post of the thread is David Davis.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2019 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

Interesting thread on WSS:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/168703499943554?view=permalink&id=1241917222622171


Broken link, unfortunately



Interesting Facts About the Creation of WEST SIDE STORY:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/board/readmessage.php?thread=1004629&page=1


Hope this link to the Facebook thread works:
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=David%20Davis%20west%20side%20story&epa=SEARCH_BOX

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

  • Does anyone know when the plot of the new film is supposed to take place? In the early 60s like the Wise version or nowadays? If it's the latter I hope we're not in for some bad surprises...

    Honestly asking, what gang feuds are prominent in this modern day? The international proliferation of MS13 would be apt, but that's about all I can allude. Since the Bearded One is on a nostalgia kick as of lately, I'd surmise the former of your choices as the default. It would be the easier option (as difficult adaptations go).

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     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 11:07 AM   
     By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

    Honestly asking, what gang feuds are prominent in this modern day? The international proliferation of MS13 would be apt, but that's about all I can allude.

    Hipsters vs. Hippies & CD vs. LP

     
     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 11:09 AM   
     By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

  • Honestly asking, what gang feuds are prominent in this modern day? The international proliferation of MS13 would be apt, but that's about all I can allude.

  • Hipsters vs. Hippies & CD vs. LP

    All entangled in the red tape that is the Cassettes Gang! HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 11:19 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    I hear 8-tracks are coming back.

    From Stylotone.

     
     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 11:49 AM   
     By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

    Disney set this for December 18th, 2020

    http://collider.com/steven-spielberg-west-side-story-release-date/

     
     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 11:56 AM   
     By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

  • I hear 8-tracks are coming back.

    From Stylophone.


    No wax cylinders = no sale!

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     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 5:14 PM   
     By:   townerbarry   (Member)

    Wildly unnecessary film, but fantastic choice of composer.


    Tell us what you thought about the new Spielberg Version...Did you like the film? How was the Music? How was the Acting, how about the Editing? Did you like the Cinematography? Please tell us all...

     
     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 5:29 PM   
     By:   townerbarry   (Member)


    If the source material is strong, why shouldn’t there be a new "West Side Story," just as there should be a new "Hamlet" or "A Star is Born"?



    Bernstein wasn't averse to a different take on the music. He conducted a version for traditional opera singers (with Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa) in 1984 (Deutsche Grammophon). I don't much like that version, but it was a big seller.



    I don’t think Bernstein liked the film version...Overbearing! Said of music...it lacked subtlety and texture.

    The broadway show was 30 musicians...while the film version was triple that.

     
     Posted:   May 9, 2019 - 5:55 PM   
     By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

  • Does anyone know when the plot of the new film is supposed to take place? In the early 60s like the Wise version or nowadays? If it's the latter I hope we're not in for some bad surprises...

    Honestly asking, what gang feuds are prominent in this modern day? o).


    Golden Age Grumpies vs. Silver Age Stallions!

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     Posted:   May 10, 2019 - 3:48 PM   
     By:   townerbarry   (Member)

  • Does anyone know when the plot of the new film is supposed to take place? In the early 60s like the Wise version or nowadays? If it's the latter I hope we're not in for some bad surprises...

    Honestly asking, what gang feuds are prominent in this modern day? o).


    Golden Age Grumpies vs. Silver Age Stallions!



    It takes place in the 50’s ...is what I heard.

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     Posted:   May 10, 2019 - 7:43 PM   
     By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

  • Does anyone know when the plot of the new film is supposed to take place? In the early 60s like the Wise version or nowadays? If it's the latter I hope we're not in for some bad surprises...

    Honestly asking, what gang feuds are prominent in this modern day? o).


    Golden Age Grumpies vs. Silver Age Stallions!



    It takes place in the 50’s ...is what I heard.

    Well some Silver Agers where BORN in the 50s

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     Posted:   May 12, 2019 - 11:26 AM   
     By:   Don Norman   (Member)

    Interesting thoughts by WSS producer Walter Mirisch from his book "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History": "It just flew off the screen at me in a way that no other film ever had. There was so much energy, so much vitality, so much excitement in West Side Story, that it surpassed my greatest expectations"

    Hopefully, the producers of the new version and today's audiences will have a similarly positive reaction.

     
     
     Posted:   May 12, 2019 - 4:48 PM   
     By:   Morricone   (Member)

    Film musicals are the hardest things to pull off. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT which consisted of the best of the MGM musicals have a ton of numbers from minor and unsuccessful musicals that happened to have one sterling number to extract. Fully conceived successes are few.

    The number of elements that converged when the first WEST SIDE STORY came out is unparalleled.

    The likelihood of a musical about street gangs being a candidate for screen treatment was not high. This musical did not recoup its investment on Broadway, did not get stellar reviews and lost the Tony for best musical to THE MUSIC MAN. But thanks to a series of movies about the subject matter like THE WILD ONE, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and SOME UP THERE LIKES ME it was a popular idea. That last film was particularly gritty and was directed by Robert Wise on those very mean streets. The smartest thing they did was bring the guy whose concept it was, Jerome Robbins, to Hollywood (and whose choreography WAS universally acclaimed). And to collaborate with him they chose someone who had been a master editor (THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER, CITIZEN KANE) as well as a director, the aforementioned Robert Wise. He helped Robbins envision things cinematically for the film like the helicopter opening and the surreal transition to the school dance number. He was fired before the end but much of what he contributed is onscreen. They even brought orchestrators from Broadway, Irwin Kostal (MARY POPPINS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC) and Sid Ramin (THE PATTY DUKE SHOW) who would have striking careers of their own later. And they were supervised by studio pros like conductor John Green and producer Saul Chaplin. Jerome Robbins needed as many dance pros as possible for most of the supporting cast which literally gave Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris roles of a lifetime, after having paid their dues for quite a while. Personally I found all three of their roles in this film their best. I have never been a Natalie Wood fan but the time between MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR and LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER was her finest and she gave her all in this. The fact she could make me forget she is a white girl in dark make-up in long passages of this film AND she holds the heart and center of it, says a lot. Stephen Sondheim was nobody at this time but he was there to amend anything that was needed, and there was quite a bit on this film. God bless Comden and Green but Leonard Bernstein never had a better collaborator for his music than Sondheim. BTW Even the dazzling end titles and abstract opening by Saul Bass added immensely to the whole.

    The odds that all the stars would align again are practically nil. But I would be happy if just a few things in the new production worked making it maybe a mixed bag like INTO THE WOODS.

     
     
     Posted:   May 13, 2019 - 3:58 AM   
     By:   eriknelson   (Member)

    The smartest thing they did was bring the guy whose concept it was, Jerome Robbins, to Hollywood (and whose choreography WAS universally acclaimed).

    Jerome Robbins needed as many dance pros as possible for most of the supporting cast which literally gave Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris roles of a lifetime, after having paid their dues for quite a while.


    As I remarked earlier in this thread, I am most concerned about the choreography and how the dance numbers are being filmed. Robbins' choreography is a major plot element, and WSS is considered by many to be a DANCE musical.

     
     Posted:   May 13, 2019 - 3:59 PM   
     By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

    I still can't believe KRUPKE was placed AFTER the death scene in the stage version!
    Wise was very wise indeed!

     
     Posted:   May 17, 2019 - 6:37 AM   
     By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

    Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the recording sessions.

    https://amblin.com/press/renowned-conductor-gustavo-dudamel-to-helm-recording-of-steven-spielbergs-west-side-story

     
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