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Something's coming, something good : West Side story and the American imagination

Author: Misha Berson
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since its first appearance on Broadway in 1957, West Side Story has captured audiences' imagination with its gritty realism, urban street gangs, extensive dances, and tragic ending. Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination takes a critical, comprehensive look at one of the most inventive, influential, and internationally beloved Broadway musicals of all time û from its
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Named Person: Leonard Bernstein
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Misha Berson
ISBN: 9781557837660 155783766X
OCLC Number: 609541702
Description: xiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: With a click, with a shock : enter West Side story --
Now it begins, now it starts : West Side story from brainstorm to Broadway premiere --
A time and a place for us : the book and characters of West Side story --
Gonna rock it tonight : the staging of West Side story --
The most beautiful sound I ever heard : the music and lyrics of West Side story --
Shooting sparks into space : the dances of West Side story --
I have a love : Romeo and Juliet and West Side story --
We ain't no delinquents : West Side story and the rise of juvenile delinquency --
What was just a word is a star : West Side story the movie --
The swinginest thing : West Side story recordings --
Here come the Jets : West Side story in production around the word --
Stick to your own kind : bigotry and West Side story --
Gold medal kid with the heavyweight crown : the rise of the dancer-choreographer --
We got troubles of our own : Broadway's youth musicals --
Suns and moons all over the place : West Side story in popular culture.
Responsibility: Misha Berson.

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Since its first appearance on Broadway in 1957, West Side Story has captured audiences' imagination with its gritty realism, urban street gangs, extensive dances, and tragic ending. Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination takes a critical, comprehensive look at one of the most inventive, influential, and internationally beloved Broadway musicals of all time û from its inception by a brilliant quartet of creators (Robbins, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Laurents) to its smashing success on film, to its ongoing popularity on stages around the world and its potent impact on the Great American Musical.

Featuring intriguing chapters on West Side Story in relation to Romeo and Juliet; as a recording phenomenon; as a film rated the second-best movie musical of all time by the American Film Institute; as part of a wave of juvenile delinquency dramas; as the first great choreographer-auteur musical; and as the granddaddy of "youth musicals" such as Hair and Rent, Something's Coming, Something Good is a revealing guide for those who have seen the show, for those who wish to study it for pleasure or inspiration, and for actors, designers, and directors planning on producing it. --Book Jacket.

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