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Our Story Jets and Sharks Then and Now: As Told By Cast Members From the Movie West Side Story by 12 cast members from the 1961 film. 300 pages of reminiscences from Jets Russ Tamblyn, Tony Mordente, Bert Michaels, David Bean, Harvey Hohnecker(Evans), Robert Banas, Gina Trikonis and Carole D'Andrea as well as Sharks Eddie Verso, Nick Covacevich, Joanne Miya and Maria Henley. ...

Lots of great tidbits about how they got the parts, filming both in NYC and Hollywood and what happened to them after the movie came out. An especially nice part is an acknowledgement of those casts members who have passed away since the film came out : Tucker Smith, Anthony (Scooter) Teague, Tommy Abbott, Patti Tribble (Minnie), Jose de Vega, Robert Thompson, Rudy del Campo, Andre Tiyr, Suzy Kaye and Linda Dangcil.

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Tony Mordente in front, Robert Banas to his right, David Bean behind Eliot Feld (throwing up his arms), Bert Michaels behind Tony Mordente

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Harvey Hohnecker(Evans) is on the far right

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Gina Trikonis in the orange dress and Carole D'Andrea in the blue dress

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Eddie Verso on the right

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Nick Covacevich in on the far right

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Joanne Miya in the red dress with the skirt of ruffles
There is no photo of Maria Henley who played Teresita that I can identify

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insaneladybug
Jan. 6th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a neat read!
petzipellepingo
Jan. 6th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
It really was, so many little tidbits about what happened on the set and all the mischief everyone got into in between takes. And the other funny thing was how many of the players are straight, completely different than what you would assume about a bunch of ballet dancers.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
I just bought this new book!
I can't wait to start reading it!
petzipellepingo
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:48 am (UTC)
Re: I just bought this new book!
It's a great read.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:49 am (UTC)
Okay, folks, I have to admit to ONE thing:
This is a bit off-topic here, but Ben Affleck's 2.5 year-old movie, "The Town" just can't compete with a great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic film such as West Side Story!

Just my opinion.
mapol
Aug. 24th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I can't get enough of this great classic film!
I love those pics....they whet my appetite for the film West Side Story all the more!!
petzipellepingo
Aug. 24th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: I can't get enough of this great classic film!
It really is an interesting read because of all the backstory.
mapol
Aug. 24th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I can't get enough of this great classic film!
Hi, petzi!

I, too read that particular book, and the back-story makes it all the more fabulous!

Btw, I've got another screening of West Side Story to attend, next Friday night, at the Boston Harbor Hotel, through our "Movies by Moonlight' program. It's the final showing of this program. I'm going with a friend of mine and I'm all excited about it! It's going to be an outdoor screening, under the stars, on a great big screen, right by the water.

Having seen several outdoor screenings of West Side Story, I can say that it's a cool treat, because the sounds and sights of the city in the background add a whole new dimension to an already-great classic film.

I recently saw 3 screenings of the film West Side Story, at the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, MA (a city that's a stone's throw away from Boston), one with another friend, and 2 of them solo, and it was a beautifully-restored, HD digital version of the film, which, along with the soundtrack, was absolutely pristine!!

Ahhhhh, West Side Story! It's a wonderful film that far outshines much, if not most of what's coming out nowadays in the way of movies!

Edited at 2014-08-24 01:59 pm (UTC)
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