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Celebrating West Side Story : North Carolina Schools of the Arts 50th Anniversary Production by John Mauceri.

The pdf introduction can be seen here and talks about the place of West Side Story in the Broadway of 1957 as well as the effect the production had on Leonard Bernstein (Mauceri worked with Bernstein for eighteen years).

Besides some great photographs of their production, they brought in Carol Lawrence, Michael Callan, Grover Dale and Jamie Bernstein for a symposium. The most interesting tidbit is that Carol Lawrence said ... she always played the last scene knowing that Maria was pregnant.

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That the world of gang violence is very much a thing of our day is a sad truth. Racial and tribal behavior dominate the news-worldwide. There is no better warning that West Side Story. We need to play it again. It elevates us. It teaches us. It entertains us. And we are better for having experienced it

John Mauceri, October 3, 2007

You can see small clips of their production here .

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viennacantabile
Sep. 6th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Oooooooh. Thanks so much for that Carol Lawrence tidbit, as well as the gorgeous photos! I want a Jets jacket. :)
petzipellepingo
Sep. 6th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Both of the jackets are really cool, with those swirling designs. They also were/are selling a poster with autographs by Michael Callan, Carol Lawrence, etc. but they're like $1,000.00.

And yes, that tidbit is very interesting...
viennacantabile
Sep. 6th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe I can steal a jacket, ahaha. Actually, the weird thing is, my Anybodys doll has a really similar jacket. I may look into putting a swirling Jet logo on the back. XD

Seriously amazing. I really want to know the back stories Jerry Robbins made the actors come up with. It would be so cool if someone had written them all down somewhere!
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