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2009-08-27 10:53:18

A key scene in West Side Story, sung in Spanish in the new Broadway revival, will once again be sung in English, The New York Times reported. A Boy Like That was sung by Puerto Rican character Anita in English in the original version of the gang-themed stage musical and the classic movie it inspired. In an effort to make the revival more authentic, the creative team decided to have Anita sing the song -- about how Latina Maria should end her relationship with her Polish-American beau Tony...

2009-04-14 09:00:00

POINT FOUNDATION'S GALA, POINT HONORS... NEW YORK "Ugly Betty" Creator Silvio Horta, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and "West Side Story" Director Arthur Laurents Receive Honors at Organization's Annual New York Benefit NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Point Foundation: WHO: Point Foundation is thrilled to announce that Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera, Mark Indelicato, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, and Michael Urie are scheduled to appear at our gala,...

2009-04-03 06:23:00

Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM Directed by ARTHUR LAURENTS NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Masterworks proudly announces the upcoming release of the New Broadway Cast Recording of WEST SIDE STORY. The recording will be available nationwide on June 2, 2009. The official opening of WEST SIDE STORY, which took place at the Palace Theatre in New York City on Thursday, March 19, 2009, has been greeted with great critical acclaim and sold-out performances. The...

2009-03-10 10:00:00

'Ugly Betty' Creator Sylvio Horta to Receive Point Courage Award, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to Receive Point Inspiration Award and 'West Side Story' Director Arthur Laurents to Receive Inaugural Point Legend Award at Organization's Annual New York Benefit NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit, today announced the recipients of its Courage,...

2008-09-11 03:00:15

By Claudia Palma The Covina Performing Arts Center had a stellar opening weekend for its sixth main stage production, "Gypsy." The classical Broadway musical opened Friday, Sept. 5, to a sold- out crowd that continued through the weekend. The production will run until Oct. 12. The musical is based on memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the burlesque striptease artist/comedian, who also had her own television talk show in the 1960s. This production, written by Arthur Laurents, focuses on her...

2008-08-07 03:00:21

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 7--Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera saved the best for last. "West Side Story," the final production of its 2008 summer season, took the company out on a soaring and emotional high. The well-polished and stylish production owes much to its ensemble of youthful performers portraying the Jets, Sharks and -- pardon the dated expression -- their girls. It's their show as they glide, leap and tumble through Mark Esposito's choreography,...

2008-07-30 09:00:56

By Matt Wolf Can one ever say too much about love or cease to marvel at the dramatic possibilities afforded by that most profound of emotions? Not on the evidence of a London theater given over of late to meditations, by turns beautiful and brutal, on the often unexpected course traveled by any and all amours. David Eldridge's gorgeous "Under the Blue Sky," at the Duke of York's Theatre, looks at the outset, for instance, as if it is going to chart romance come unstuck, in at least one...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Rhoda Koenig First Night WEST SIDE STORY Sadler's Wells LONDON **** You can see why they were terrified. Gang fights, race hatred, flick knives - you call this a musical? It's no wonder the Tony judges, with - in the language of Arthur Laurents' book - the spit scared out of them, gave the award for the best show of 1957 to The Music Man (now enjoying a dazzling revival at Chichester, for those who want to make their own comparisons). But, though the initial Broadway run was also...

2008-07-13 09:00:25

By WORDS BY DAVID BENEDICT This month, 'West Side Story' returns to the London stage in a form unchanged since 1957. Time for a 21st-century makeover? Certainly not, says its original lyricist, Stephen Sondheim... Two woodwind players sneak in fast with an insistent cross rhythm, expectation shimmers on the air... "Could it be? Yes it could/ Something's coming, some-thing good/If I can wait!/ Something's coming, I don't know what it is/But it is/Gonna be great!" That's not just Tony's...


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