November 19th, 2016

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Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE introduces West Side Story

The actress, author, presenter and politician introduces this classic musical at the British Film Institute, Monday 19 December 2016 19:50.

Actress, author, presenter and politician Baroness Floella Benjamin introduces a film that has inspired her. West Side Story is the multi Academy Award-winning musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Set in New York’s West Side, young lovers Maria and Tony become caught up in the battle between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.

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Onstage at Baldwin Wallace University, 'West Side Story' finds new relevance with a message of tolerance

By Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer

BEREA, Ohio – Before the Baldwin Wallace University production of "West Side Story" opened Nov. 9, the biggest worry for the cast and crew was how to fill the vacancy of an actor sidelined with a concussion during a rehearsal of the rumble scene.

On the day of Donald Trump's surprising win in the presidential election, director Victoria Bussert had other concerns. The most pressing: how to make sure her black, Muslim and even some of her gay and female students felt safe enough to walk around campus that day and, later, make their way to the Kleist Center for Art and Drama for a 7:30 p.m. curtain.

This was more than just a case of disappointed liberal hopes or groundless speculation about what might happen. Something real had already happened.
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