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West Side Story

In 1961, West Side Story, a filmed version of the hit Broadway musical that was inspired by William Shakespeares “Romeo and Juliet,” was released to viewers, who just could not resist the energy and excitement of the movie. Thirty-eight years later, viewers, like myself, still cannot resist it. I had never seen the film, which […]

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Analysis of Something’s Coming: West Side Story

Something’s Coming appears towards the start of the musical and introduces Tony, the male lead. Through the song, the audience finds out that Tony is waiting for something to happen and feels like it will be soon. You will notice the use of muted brass in the accompaniment, a subtle jazz reference that places the […]

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West Side Story

West Side Story transfers Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to present-day New York. The love story of Romeo and Juliet becomes that of Maria and Tony. The feud between the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues is re-created in one involving two teen-age gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famous balcony scene of the […]

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