In 1961, Bernstein prepared a suite of orchestral music from the show, titled Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. This is followed by a monologue by the ineffective Lt. Schrank trying to find out the location of the rumble. Robbins directed and choreographed, and it was co-choreographed by Peter Gennaro, with scenery by Oliver Smith. Maria flees to her bedroom, praying that Chino is lying.  The revival sold 1,074,462 tickets on Broadway over the course of nearly two years and was a financial success. , A Japanese production ran from November 2019 to January 2020, at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo, featuring a double-cast with Mamoru Miyano and Shouta Aoi as Tony, and Kii Kitano and Rena Sasamoto as Maria. Laurents accepted and suggested Bernstein and Robbins join the creative team. Laurents felt that the building tension needed to be alleviated in order to increase the impact of the play's tragic outcome, so comic relief in the form of Officer Krupke was added to the second act. Sorry, but downloading is forbidden on this website. All Rights Reserved. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway--whoever wins gains control of the streets.  Meanwhile, Laurents had written a new draft of the book changing the characters' backgrounds: Anton, once an Irish American, was now of Polish and Irish descent, and the formerly Jewish Maria had become a Puerto Rican. Also, notice how even the characters that are very similar have attributes that make them distinct. As Maria and Tony try to meet each other clandestinely at any opportunity, Maria makes a request of him to foster peace between the Jets and Sharks, which inadvertently leads to a series of tragic events not only for the collective but personally for Maria and Tony. Blissfully unaware of the gangs' plans for that night, Maria daydreams with her friends, Rosalia, Consuelo, Teresita and Francisca, about seeing Tony ("I Feel Pretty"). A live, semi-staged 2013 recording by the San Francisco Symphony under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, featuring Cheyenne Jackson, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 05:40.  In 1962, the West End (H. M. Tennent) production launched a five-month Scandinavian tour opening in Copenhagen, continuing to Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Helsinki. It received the most Academy Awards (10 wins) of any musical film, including Best Picture. The two feuding families are replaced by brawling street gangs. Watch a filmed production of "West Side Story" or read the text. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. It featured Christian Bautista as Tony, Karylle and Joanna Ampil as Maria. The two met at The Beverly Hills Hotel, and the conversation turned to juvenile delinquent gangs, a fairly recent social phenomenon that had received major coverage on the front pages of the morning newspapers due to a Chicano turf war. The sharks are Puerto Rican immigrants. It is one of the best works of William Shakespeare. " It was orchestrated by Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal following detailed instructions from Bernstein, who then wrote revisions on their manuscript (the original, heavily annotated by Ramin, Kostal and Bernstein himself is in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University). They are warned by police officers Krupke and Lt. Schrank to stop fighting on their beat. However, she is unable to bring herself to fire the gun and drops it, crying in grief. Another factor contributing to the musical's success was its strong dance element, evident in songs such as "America" as well as in confrontations between the rival gangs. Robbins was involved with Bells Are Ringing, then Bernstein with Candide, and in January 1957 A Clearing in the Woods, Laurents' latest play, opened and quickly closed. Maxine Gordon was Anybodys. This time, Riff's gang of rebellious second-generation New Yorkers, the Jets, and Bernardo's brass gang of Puerto Rican immigrants, the Sharks, fight over the control of the neighbourhood. The show had an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals and international productions. He presented original work at the 20th Century Literature Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Laurents explained the style that the creative team finally decided on: Just as Tony and Maria, our Romeo and Juliet, set themselves apart from the other kids by their love, so we have tried to set them even further apart by their language, their songs, their movement. In spite of her attempts to conceal it, Anita sees that Tony has been with Maria, and launches an angry tirade against him ("A Boy Like That"). The cast featured Don McKay (Tony), Julia Migenes (Maria) and Luba Lisa (Anita). Some of the Jets are unsure of his loyalty, but Riff is adamant that Tony is still one of them ("Jet Song"). The original orchestra consisted of 31 players: a large Broadway pit orchestra enhanced to include 5 percussionists, a guitarist and a piano/celesta player.. They are both great stories written by great writers. It is also a love story which also ends with somebody’s death. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, a multiracial, blue-collar neighborhood.