I saw the film when I was little, then a second time when I was in high school. I finally got to see a live version of it in 2008 when the Broadway revival started in New York.
The music! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to listen to it live.
Totally worth it! 2 years ago
ok i want to watch west side story please 4 years ago
With groundbreaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre for ever.
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and packed with unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty,West Side Story has been described as “a masterpiece of musical theatre” (The Daily Mail) and “a musical landmark” (The Guardian).
The movie version went on to win an incredible 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and further cemented the reputation of this undoubted masterpiece.
Now in 2008, 50 years after the show made its London debut, Joey McKneely’s vibrant new stage production of the classic dance musical comes to London after wild critical acclaim in Tokyo, Paris and Beijing.
...and guess who has tickets to see it on the 16th August :D 4 years ago
OMG I LUV THIS FILM
I HAVNT SEEN IT 4 AGES BUT I RELLII WANNAH SEE IT AGENN
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I just watched it :) I’m kinda tired so I don’t think I took it all in properly… but I enjoyed it! I loved the oldness of it, like the warbly voices and the picture quality and the teeny tiny lady-waists. I was SO excited to find out that Stephen Sondheim wrote the (great!) lyrics – Sondheim is mentioned by Angel in La Vie Boheme in Rent!! =D Which leads me onto another observation: Maria sings to Tony: ‘My hands are cold- yours too’ or something along those lines, and in Rent Roger says of Mimi’s hands: ‘cold hands’ and Mimi says: ‘Yours too’!! I don’t know if this was an intentional imitation of West Side Story but I got so excited about it!! Lol I am easily pleased. I’m thinking it probably was (a shout-out to WSS) because of the whole Sondheim thing in La Vie Boheme.
Back to West Side Story. My favourite songs (after one viewing) are ‘America’, ‘Cool’ and ‘Gee, Officer Krupke!’. Once again I LOVE the lyrics, especially in America and Officer Krupke, and the music was very Hammerstein =D I was watching the movie, and having never seen it before I was like, ‘how do I know all these songs?’. Obviously I’d heard America before, it’s v. popular, but I knew all the instrumental bits!! I was like whh? They must be played a lot here and there. I also really liked how there wasn’t any talking for ages at the beginning, and all the clicking, and how every so often there’d just be a section where one person after another would say one word- those bits were cool. I really liked the choreography, and I was thinking, did Robbins come before Fosse? I think so, cos West Side Story was way before things like Chicago adn 42nd Street, wasn’t it? I will find out the answer. :)
So yeah! I will watch it again, deffo. I usually need to watch a film more than once before I can remember it! Lol, dunno why. Like, I went to see Harry Potter on tuesday and I can’t remember hardly any of it, other than that Bellatrix LeStrange looks like Pete Doherty.
=D 5 years ago
My sister gave me this DVD a few Christmasses ago, and I feel awful that I have never watched it!! People always say how amazing it is. I once saw scenes from it in PE and I think I watched the beginning of the DVD, but I dunno… I will try it, see if I like it. I should do, I adore most musicals!! 5 years ago
..so figured this is an easy goal as any ;)
I simply adore this musical
The dancing is superb :) 6 years ago