The upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story , directed by Steven Spielberg , is still set to arrive in theatres December 18, The show features a score with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim , who made his full-length Broadway writing debut with the work. Arthur Laurents penned the book from a concept by Jerome Robbins , who directed and choreographed the production. Conceived as a blend between musical theatre and ballet, the show was groundbreaking in its use of choreography in storytelling, and virtually created the now-standard of a "triple threat" Broadway ensemble. Though only a modest success in its original Broadway outing, the work has become a cultural touchstone largely thanks to its Best Picture Oscar—winning film adaptation, which preserved Robbins' stage choreography. Recommended Reading:.
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West Side Story Broadway Musical. West Side Story. Broadway Musical. Now, three of the most daring theater-makers of our time — director Ivo van Hove A View From the Bridge and The Crucible , choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and designer and frequent Van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld — offer a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 33 young, brilliantly gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts. Two teens from the bitter-enemy gangs meet and fall in love at a fateful gym dance. Although too soon to commit to a return date, Broadway theatres extended ticket refunds and exchanges through May 30, An official return date will be announced at a later time. Ticket holders should reach out to their point of purchase for information regarding exchanges or refunds. People
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The avant period is over; he is simply part of the garde, influential and much imitated, not least by himself. Van Hove is celebrated for his austere, violent, video-heavy stagings, which attempt to reveal the hidden layers of classic texts. He wants to make us see an iconic work with new eyes, but all we can see is him. The play, loosely updated to the present, opens in moody silence, as a line of young men files onto the vast, naked stage. Their faces are projected by video camera onto the enormous wall behind them, and the orchestra strikes up its first notes. Someone is knifed; somebody else films the assault with a smartphone, and shaky footage of the grimacing boy clutching his bloody ear fills the backdrop as bodies thrash below. The melee is interrupted by the nasty Lieutenant Schrank Thomas Jay Ryan , and the Sharks scatter, leaving the Jets to regroup and pledge their allegiance to themselves:.
See the full gallery. An adaptation of the musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. See the full list.