February 27th, 2012

petzi great lakes by dhamphir

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Telling the story behind the story behind 'West Side Story'


Fifty years after "West Side Story" won 10 Oscars, including best picture, a newspaper in Riverside has told the story behind the story behind "West Side Story."

The story we know: The celebrated musical is an update of "Romeo and Juliet" set among white and Puerto Rican gangs on New York's west side.

The story behind the story known by musical theater aficionados: The show's creators were kick-started into writing the celebrated musical after reading a small Los Angeles Times article about a fight among Latinos gangs on San Bernardino's west side.

The story behind that story: Two young Hispanic men fought outside a dance at a community hall in 1955. One of them died.
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