History THeatre / WestSideStory

30th Jun '16 6:34:59 PM capretty
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A 1957 Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] with music composed by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics written by Creator/StephenSondheim, and its 1961 [[TheMovie film adaptation]]. A (then) modern-day adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.

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A 1957 Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] with music composed by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics written by Creator/StephenSondheim, and its 1961 [[TheMovie film adaptation]]. A (then) modern-day SettingUpdate adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.
30th Jun '16 6:00:46 PM capretty
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A 1957 Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] with music composed by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics written by Creator/StephenSondheim, and its 1961 [[TheMovie film adaptation]]. A lot of people do not like to admit it, but it's basically a clone of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.

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A 1957 Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] with music composed by Music/LeonardBernstein and lyrics written by Creator/StephenSondheim, and its 1961 [[TheMovie film adaptation]]. A lot of people do not like to admit it, but it's basically a clone (then) modern-day adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.
29th Jun '16 8:04:03 AM stuthehistoryguy
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* UncommonTime: "America" alternates between 6/8 and 3/4 time. Conducting this piece is a common exercise for undergraduate music students.
6th Jun '16 12:34:23 PM mlsmithca
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Riff and Bernardo could both arguably be seen as this]].

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Riff and Bernardo could both arguably be seen as this]].



* BreakTheCutie: Maria and Anita. Chino arguably counts as well.

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* BreakTheCutie: Maria and Anita. Chino arguably counts as well.



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The deaths of Riff and Bernardo could arguably be seen as this]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The deaths of Riff and Bernardo could arguably be seen as this]].
3rd Jun '16 4:08:10 AM dunicha
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* LoveAtFirstSight: Just in case you didn't get it, the filmmakers made the rest of the dancers hazy, only making sure that Tony and Maria were in focus.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Just in case you didn't get it, the filmmakers made the rest of the dancers hazy, only making sure that only Tony and Maria were in focus.
19th May '16 7:19:09 PM Angeldeb82
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** In the stage production, this may be played as harrassment without obvious intention of sexual assault, and Anita gets offended by catcalls rather than an actual attempted rape.

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** In the stage production, this may be played as harrassment harassment without obvious intention of sexual assault, and Anita gets offended by catcalls rather than an actual attempted rape.



** 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.]]"
** Furthermore, Stephen Sondheim originally wanted to end the song "Gee, Officer Krupke, fuck you!" but it was changed to "Krup you!" (In his book of the lyrics, he comments that he thought the "Krupp" change was [[RuleOfFunny for the better]]).

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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 replaced "legs" with "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mouth.]]"
mouth]]."
** Furthermore, Stephen Sondheim originally wanted to end the song "Gee, Officer Krupke, fuck you!" but it was changed to "Krup you!" (In his book of the lyrics, he comments that he thought the "Krupp" change was [[RuleOfFunny for the better]]). better]].)


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* BriefAccentImitation: In the film adaptation, one of the Jets acts as a doctor with a German accent during "Gee, Officer Krupke".
26th Mar '16 12:21:57 AM HongIce123
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** If anything, West Side's ending can be considered Lighter and Softer than Romeo and Juliet's.
20th Mar '16 5:56:36 AM LentilSandEater
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* TotallyRadical: The Jets sing and speak in a mixture of real 50s slang and some the writer made up. It still sounds silly.
** The made up slang was employed to {{avert|edTrope}} this trope, since slang that was never actually popular slang can't become dated slang. [[InformedAttribute Pow, Daddy-O!]]

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* TotallyRadical: The Jets sing and speak in a mixture of real 50s slang and some the writer made up. It still sounds silly.
** The made up slang was employed to {{avert|edTrope}} this trope, since
silly. Apparently slang that was never actually popular slang can't become dated slang. [[InformedAttribute Pow, Daddy-O!]]
20th Mar '16 5:55:35 AM LentilSandEater
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** Due to negative feedback, the songs were changed back into English in August 2009, but the spoken scenes remain in Spanish. This reaction could possibly have been avoided if they had displayed ''subtitles'' for the audience.
*** Then again, perhaps not, because the Spanish lyrics also completely ruin the melodic lines of most of the songs that they're in and therefore make die-hards angry anyway. This is particularly prevalent in the Tonight quintet, where the Sharks and Jets are meant to have echoing lines in order to portray the similarity of the groups and drive home the senselessness of the violence, but the Sharks are singing in Spanish and so instead it just sounds wrong.

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** Due to negative feedback, the Spanish words not quite fitting the music, the songs were changed back into English in August 2009, but the spoken scenes remain in Spanish. This reaction could possibly have been avoided if they had displayed ''subtitles'' for the audience.
*** Then again, perhaps not, because the Spanish lyrics also completely ruin the melodic lines of most of the songs that they're in and therefore make die-hards angry anyway. This is particularly prevalent in the Tonight quintet, where the Sharks and Jets are meant to have echoing lines in order to portray the similarity of the groups and drive home the senselessness of the violence, but the Sharks are singing in Spanish and so instead it just sounds wrong.
audience.
20th Mar '16 5:53:38 AM LentilSandEater
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** Actually a BittersweetEnding, however, as at least Maria seemed to have decided to not kill herself according to updated WordOfGod. [[note]](From the [[{{Headscratchers/WestSideStory}} Headscratchers]] section.)[[/note]] Some theatre versions take a step further (such as the Australian production during 2010), and make it clear that Maria is determined to live.
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