History THeatre / WestSideStory

15th Feb '18 7:54:46 PM jasonbres
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** The exchange between Riff and Tony as "Womb to tomb, worm to sperm" is changed in the film to "Womb to tomb, birth to earth", but in the Quintet, for some reason, it's just "One two three, one two three!" which is a rather odd filler.
4th Feb '18 6:49:28 AM cdrood
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** This is pretty much the whole point of "Office Krupke"
28th Jan '18 5:55:34 PM Pren
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Notable for some of the most famous songs in musical theater, such as "Tonight," "America" and "I Feel Pretty", with music by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. The movie adaptation, directed by Creator/RobertWise and Jerome Robbins and starring Creator/NatalieWood as Maria, won a whopping 10 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture. In 2018 Creator/StevenSpielberg announced that he had begun casting for another film adaptation, a long-time passion project that he'd finally gotten the funding for.

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Notable for some of the most famous songs in musical theater, such as "Tonight," "America" and "I Feel Pretty", with music by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. The movie adaptation, directed by Creator/RobertWise and Jerome Robbins and starring Creator/NatalieWood as Maria, won a whopping 10 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture. In 2018 Creator/StevenSpielberg announced that he had begun casting for another film adaptation, a long-time passion project that he'd finally gotten the funding rights for.
28th Jan '18 3:26:42 PM Pren
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Notable for some of the most famous songs in musical theater, such as "Tonight," "America" and "I Feel Pretty", with music by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. The movie adaptation, directed by Creator/RobertWise and Jerome Robbins and starring Creator/NatalieWood as Maria, won a whopping 10 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture.

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Notable for some of the most famous songs in musical theater, such as "Tonight," "America" and "I Feel Pretty", with music by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. The movie adaptation, directed by Creator/RobertWise and Jerome Robbins and starring Creator/NatalieWood as Maria, won a whopping 10 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture. In 2018 Creator/StevenSpielberg announced that he had begun casting for another film adaptation, a long-time passion project that he'd finally gotten the funding for.
10th Jan '18 8:03:20 PM keithwysocki
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* AngryMobSong: "Tonight" and the latter half of the "Jet Song".

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* AngryMobSong: "Tonight" "Quintet" and the latter half of the "Jet Song".
29th Dec '17 4:36:32 PM gjjones
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* OhCrap: Riff gets shocked out of his mind when [[spoiler:Bernardo kills him]].
16th Dec '17 2:13:23 AM abscake
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* ButchLesbian:
** Anybodys' masculine look can be read as this, though their orientation and gender can be ambiguous.

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* ButchLesbian:
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ButchLesbian: Anybodys' masculine look can be read as this, though their orientation and gender can be ambiguous.



* CategoryTraitor: Maria is pressured to marry Chino simply because they are from the same ethnic group. When she falls in love with an outsider, all hell breaks loose. Interestingly, Chino never gets any EntitledToHaveYou lines, but that's probably because he's such a minor role in the first place.

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* CategoryTraitor: Maria is pressured expected to marry Chino simply because they are from the same ethnic group. When she falls in love with an outsider, all hell breaks loose. Interestingly, Chino never gets any EntitledToHaveYou lines, but that's probably because he's such a minor role in the first place.



* GreaserDelinquents: Both the Jets and the Sharks are full of this type of character. The Jets portray the stereotypically East Coast version, being entirely Polish, Irish and Italian youths, whereas the Sharks are the stereotypically West Coast version (despite living on the East Coast too), being Puerto Rican and Latino.

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* GreaserDelinquents: Both the Jets and the Sharks are full of this type of character. The Jets portray the stereotypically East Coast version, being entirely Polish, Irish and Italian youths, whereas the Sharks are the stereotypically West Coast version (despite living on the East Coast too), being Puerto Rican and Latino.this.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Schrank referring to the Jets as coming from "tin-horn immigrant scum" when he himself is likely the descendant of immigrants.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Schrank referring to the Jets as coming from "tin-horn immigrant scum" when he himself is likely almost definitely the descendant of immigrants.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tony successfully stops an all-out war with knives and guns, by suggesting that they merely have the strongest of the two sides fistfight. It seems like nothing worse could happen than a broken nose or two. But then ''Maria'' objects even to this, saying that ''any'' fighting is bad, and although Tony can see it leading nowhere nice to stop them, he does it because he loves her. Fast-forward. Rather than a simple fistfight, three people (including Tony) are dead, one is arrested and will most likely be hanged for murder, the two gangs hate each other even more (until they reconcile), and Maria has to live with her grief.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tony successfully stops an all-out war with knives and guns, by suggesting that they merely have the strongest of the two sides fistfight. It seems like nothing worse could happen than a broken nose or two. But then ''Maria'' objects even to this, saying that ''any'' fighting is bad, and although Tony can see it leading nowhere nice to stop them, he does it because he loves her. Fast-forward. Rather than a simple fistfight, three people (including Tony) are dead, one is arrested and will most likely be hanged for murder, the two gangs hate each other even more (until they reconcile), and Maria has to live with her grief.



* RaceLift: The very white (specifically, Russian-American) Natalie Wood playing a Puerto Rican.

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* RaceLift: The Most of the Sharks, ironically, most obviously the very white (specifically, Russian-American) Natalie Wood playing a Puerto Rican.



* SpicyLatina: Anita.

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* SpicyLatina: Anita.Anita's hot temper, in line with all the stereotyping.



%%* {{Tomboy}}: Anybodys.

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%%* {{Tomboy}}: Anybodys.Anybodys is generally read as such.



* WhiteGangBangers: By ''today's'' standards. Back when it was written, the Polish, Italian, and Irish were white by skin color, but not considered "white" enough to mix with the rest of Anglo-American society, partly due to anti-Catholic bias.

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* WhiteGangBangers: By ''today's'' standards. Back when it was written, the Polish, Italian, and Irish were white by skin color, but not considered "white" white but not enough to fully mix with the rest of Anglo-American society, partly due to anti-Catholic bias.
16th Dec '17 1:58:50 AM abscake
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Two gangs, one white native born American (Jets) and the other Puerto Rican immigrant (Sharks), are fighting over territory on Manhattan's West Side when Tony, a member of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the younger sister of the Sharks' leader Bernardo. Unfortunately for the young couple, they happen to fall in love on the very night the two gangs decide to end their feud in one final battle. Tony manages to persuade the two gangs to reduce it to a one-on-one "fair fight", but when Maria tells Tony to stop the fight altogether, his attempt to intervene results in the leader of the Jets, his best friend Riff, getting knifed to death by Bernardo. In a fit of rage, Tony then kills Bernardo in return.

Act Two begins with Maria finding out about Bernardo's death from her arranged fiance, Chino, who then vows to kill Tony. Tony turns up and they spend the night together. After we find out what happened to the Jets, we meet up with the lovers. Bernardo's girlfriend Anita shows up, and Tony escapes, with a plan to escape to the country. Anita, despite hating Tony for killing Bernardo, agrees to tell Tony to stay at the drugstore he works at until Maria arrives. When she gets there however, she is nearly raped by the Jets that have gathered there. In a fit of rage, she says that Maria is dead, killed by Chino. Tony's boss tells Tony this, and he runs out into the street, calling for Chino to 'kill him, too.' Maria and Tony meet each other in the street, but before they can embrace, Chino steps from the shadows and kills Tony. Maria denounces both sides of the conflict for their part in Tony's death, and for how "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone we all killed him]]," not with guns, not with knives, but with hate. Thoroughly heartbroken, the Jets and Sharks together carry out Tony's body. [[DownerEnding The End]].

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Two gangs, one white native born American (Jets) and the other Puerto Rican immigrant (Sharks), are fighting over territory on Manhattan's West Side when Tony, a member former co-founder of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the younger sister of the Sharks' leader Bernardo. Unfortunately for the young couple, Even worse, they happen to fall in love on the very night the two gangs decide to end their feud in one final battle. Tony manages to persuade the two gangs to reduce it to a "fair fight" of one-on-one "fair fight", fisticuffs, but when Maria tells Tony to stop the fight altogether, his attempt to intervene results in the leader of the Jets, his best friend Riff, getting knifed to death by Bernardo. In a fit of rage, Tony then kills Bernardo in return.

Act Two begins with Maria finding out about Bernardo's death from her arranged fiance, implied fiancé, Chino, who then vows to kill Tony. Tony turns up and they spend the night together. After we find out what happened to the Jets, we meet up with the lovers. Bernardo's girlfriend Anita shows up, and Tony escapes, with a plan to escape to the country. Anita, despite hating Tony for killing Bernardo, agrees to tell Tony to stay at the drugstore he works at until Maria arrives. When she gets there however, she is nearly raped by the Jets that have gathered there. In a fit of rage, she says that Maria is dead, killed by Chino. Tony's boss tells Tony this, and he runs out into the street, calling for Chino to 'kill "kill him, too.' " Maria and Tony meet each other in the street, but before they can properly embrace, Chino steps from the shadows and kills Tony. Grief-stricken Maria denounces both sides of the conflict for their part in Tony's death, and for how "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone we all killed him]]," not "not with guns, not with knives, but with hate. hate." Thoroughly heartbroken, the Jets and Sharks together carry out Tony's body. [[DownerEnding The End]].



* AmbiguouslyGay: Anybodys. Although some of her lines could imply she is attracted to men, she can be played as a tomboyish young woman, a ButchLesbian, or a trans boy, depending on the production.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Anybodys. Although some of her lines could imply she is attracted to men, she Anybodys, who's transmasculine qualities can be played as a tomboyish young woman, tomboy, a ButchLesbian, or a trans boy, man, depending on the production.



** The writers of the movie took the line, "Trusting with our hearts open! With our arms open!" - "You came with your legs open!" and replaced "legs" with "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mouth]]."

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** The writers of the movie took the line, "Trusting with our hearts open! With our arms open!" - "You came with your legs open!" and was replaced "legs" with "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mouth]]."



** In the show, Maria whines when Anita won't make her dance dress sexier, insisting that "it's now to be used for dancing, not kneeling in front of an altar!", implying that it was once her church dress. Anita responds, "With those boys, you could start out dancing and ''end up'' kneeling", insinuating either (a) "having" to get married because of sexual activity and pregnancy, or (b) the sexual activity itself. In the movie, this is changed to "dress for praying" and "start out dancing and ''end up'' praying", making the implications less obvious.

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** In the show, Maria whines when complains that Anita won't make her dance dress sexier, more revealing, insisting that "it's now to be used for dancing, not kneeling in front of an altar!", implying that it was once her church dress. Anita responds, "With those boys, you could start out dancing and ''end up'' kneeling", insinuating either (a) "having" to get married because of sexual activity and pregnancy, or (b) the sexual activity itself. In the movie, this is changed to "dress for praying" and "start out dancing and ''end up'' praying", making the implications less obvious.



** In "I Feel Pretty", the lines "I feel pretty and witty and bright! / And I pity / Any girl who isn't me tonight!" are changed to "I feel pretty and witty and gay! / And I pity / Any girl who isn't me today!", [[HaveAGayOldTime which kind of backfired in the long run]].
* BreakTheCutie: Maria and Anita; both [[spoiler: lose their lovers, Maria also loses her brother, and Anita is also nearly raped]]. Tony arguably counts as well, since he [[spoiler: loses his best friend, has to face the guilt of killing Maria's brother, goes on the run from the police, and is tricked into thinking Maria is dead before being murdered himself]]; so does Chino, who [[spoiler: also loses his best friend, finds out that his fiancée is having an affair with said friend's killer, and in the end is arrested for having killed Tony.]] Did we mention that this all happens to them ''in just one night''?

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** In "I Feel Pretty", the lines "I feel pretty and witty and bright! / And I pity / Any girl who isn't me tonight!" are changed to "I feel pretty and witty and gay! / And I pity / Any girl who isn't me today!", [[HaveAGayOldTime which kind of backfired had the reverse effect in the long run]].
* BreakTheCutie: Maria and Anita; both [[spoiler: lose their lovers, Maria also loses her brother, and Anita is also nearly raped]]. Tony arguably counts as well, since he [[spoiler: loses his best friend, has to face the guilt of killing Maria's brother, goes on the run from the police, and is tricked into thinking Maria is dead before being murdered himself]]; so does Chino, who [[spoiler: also loses his best friend, finds out that his (implied) fiancée is having an affair with said friend's killer, and in the end is arrested for having killed Tony.]] Did we mention that this all happens to them ''in just one night''?



** While some of Anybodys' lines imply she's heterosexual or bi, she fits the look, and acts in a comparatively "masculine" manner for her time and place.
** The character could very likely be a trans boy rather than an actual woman, too. It's something that can vary from production to production.

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** While some of Anybodys' lines imply she's heterosexual or bi, she fits the look, masculine look can be read as this, though their orientation and acts in a comparatively "masculine" manner for her time and place.
** The character could very likely be a trans boy rather than an actual woman, too. It's something that
gender can vary from production to production.be ambiguous.
15th Dec '17 6:35:43 PM Brainbin
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* BrownFace: They really broke out the shoe polish this one. Almost all of the Sharks were played by non-Hispanic white actors. Maria was played by the Russian-American Creator/NatalieWood, and Bernardo by the Greek-American George Chakiris. In a shocking casting coup, Anita was played by the actually Puerto Rican Rita Moreno (seriously, she was born there and everything!) but even she is slathered in brownface and forced to put on an over-the-top accent.

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* BrownFace: They really broke out the shoe polish for this one. Almost all of the Sharks were played by non-Hispanic white actors. Maria was played by the Russian-American Creator/NatalieWood, and Bernardo by the Greek-American George Chakiris. In a shocking casting coup, Anita was played by the actually Puerto Rican Rita Moreno (seriously, she was born there and everything!) but even she is slathered in brownface and forced to put on an over-the-top accent.
15th Dec '17 6:35:25 PM Brainbin
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* BrownFace: They really broke out the shoe polish this one. Almost all of the Sharks were played by non-Hispanic white actors. Maria was played by the Russian-American Creator/NatalieWood, and Bernardo by the Greek-American George Chakiris. In a shocking casting coup, Anita was played by the actually Puerto Rican Rita Moreno (seriously, she was born there and everything!) but even she is slathered in brownface and forced to put on an over-the-top accent.
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