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Last evening, I had the special fortune of seeing yet another screening of my all time favorite movie, the 1961 film version of West Side Story, at a small, recently-renovated theatre out in Maynard, MA, called the Fine Arts Theatre Place.Read more...Collapse )
Spectacular Production Of WEST SIDE STORY Comes To Grand Bend

by BWW News Desk

Dueling street gangs, howling police sirens, and forbidden love prove to be as powerful and poignant as ever as one of the most iconic musicals of all time explodes onto the stage in Grand Bend with sensational dancing and soaring voices. Featuring an all-star cast, West Side Story will play a limited run at the Huron Country Playhouse from June 7 to June 23.



Given the current socio-political climate, the ambitious Broadway musical, which is essentially a racially-charged retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, seems like a timely effort from Drayton Entertainment, one of Canada's largest not-for-profit theatre companies operating seven theatres in Ontario including two stages in Grand Bend.
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Bradley Cooper vs. Jake Gyllenhaal: Actors Set to Lead Rival Leonard Bernstein Biopics
Cooper is starring as the composer for a project backed by Steven Spielberg, while Gyllenhaal is playing the composer for Cary Fukunaga.

Zack Sharf

Leonard Bernstein is all the rage in Hollywood right now as both Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal are attached to separate biopics about the legendary American composer. Cooper will direct and star in “Bernstein” (via Variety), which will mark his second directorial effort following his “A Star Is Born” adaptation with Lady Gaga. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, is attached to play Bernstein in Cary Fukunaga’s “The American.”
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12 Romeo and Juliet movies, ranked - Not all adaptations are alike in dignity

Mary Sollosi

Never was a story of more woe

1. West Side Story (1961)

It speaks to the brilliance of Shakespeare that when we reimagine his plays in strange new places, they work all the better — and it speaks to the perfection of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story that it beat out all these lush Renaissance retellings for the top spot among Romeo and Juliet movies. Fair Verona becomes Manhattan in the 1950s, where rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks are embroiled in a bitter turf war, and former Jet Tony (Richard Beymer) romances the Sharks’ leader’s sister Maria (Natalie Wood) from the bottom of a fire escape. While nobody speaks a word of Shakespeare, the movie’s got the next best thing in Stephen Sondheim, who got one of his first major gigs writing the lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s songs, and while the young lovers are both sufficiently charming, it’s George Chakiris’ Bernardo (the Tybalt character) and Rita Moreno’s Anita (the Nurse) who steal the show in Oscar-winning performances buoyed by some killer dancing. West Side Story may not be written in iambic pentameter, but its passion and sincerity get to the heart of Romeo and Juliet better than anything else.

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