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Why See Los Angeles Philharmonic: West Side Story?

The iconic movie in concert experience!

The musical that perfectly demonstrates the passions and tensions of the American dream comes to life this fall , in a specially remastered screening at Walt Disney Concert Hall! Having digitally removed the majestic Leonard Bernstein score from the movie and transplanted below to the professional performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, get lost in the magic of the ground-breaking movie that changed musical theater forever. This special performance will be conducted by movie composer David Newman, who scored The War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers and Serenity.
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Every time I see the movie West Side Story, listen to the soundtrack of either the film version or the original Broadway stage version, or view and/or listen to youtube videos of West Side Story, either here on West Side Story/Livejournal, or on youtube itself, it brings me to the realization that this dynamic classic movie-musical has something else that's very different from many, if not most, or all other musicals: Its very individual personality.Read more...Collapse )
I'll start out by admitting one thing: In general, I am not a huge fan of musicals on film. Most musicals are far better on stage and tend to lose a great deal of their "kick", their energy and their "juice" when transferred from stage to screen. There are some notable exceptions, but West Side Story is the most notable exception of all. Here's why:Read more...Collapse )
West Side Story, as a movie-musical, is irresistible to me. As I've pointed out in some other posts of mine here, I never get tired of seeing it over and over and over again, and there's something about West Side Story as a movie-musical that seems to beckon me every time it comes around, or is about to come to our general neck of the woods.

Perhaps it's the very story behind West Side Story, where a romance develops between a boy and a girl from two different backgrounds and different communities, amid the warring conflict between two urban gangs--one white ethnic (continental United States-born) Jets, and the newly arrived Puerto Rican Sharks on 1950's-1960's New York City's (i. e. Manhattan's) West Side, who are brought together by overt disapproval and tribal/ethnic loyalties of both the Jets and the Sharks, and yet that same romance ultimately going up in smoke due to these same overt hostilities, friendships, as well as gang/ethnic loyalties of both gangs.Read more...Collapse )

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