History Theatre / WestSideStory

26th Jun '17 5:38:23 AM yisfidri
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* RapeByProxy: An attempted/downplayed version during the "taunting scene", during which Baby John is lifted up by the other Jets and forced on top of Anita. Many productions portray him as being almost as traumatized by this as she is.

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* RapeByProxy: An attempted/downplayed attempted, ''possibly'' just simulated, version during the "taunting scene", during which scene"; Baby John is lifted up by the other Jets and forced on top of Anita. Many productions portray him as being almost as traumatized by this as she is.
25th Jun '17 11:07:12 AM yisfidri
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*** Riff=Mercutio,

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*** Riff=Mercutio, Riff=Mercutio



*** Friar Escalus having to be quarantined thus unable to tell Romeo that Juliet's death is faked, leading to Romeo's suicidal response=Anita being assaulted by the Jets and thus lying about Maria's death, leading to Tony begging Chino to kill him.

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*** Friar Escalus Lawrence having to be quarantined thus unable to tell Romeo that Juliet's death is faked, leading to Romeo's suicidal response=Anita being assaulted by the Jets and thus lying about Maria's death, leading to Tony begging Chino to kill him.


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* {{Irony}}: When told that Maria is dead, Tony becomes a DeathSeeker, and screams out for Chino to kill him too. He snaps out of it when he see Maria alive, only for [[spoiler:Chino to oblige his death wish.]]


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* RapeByProxy: An attempted/downplayed version during the "taunting scene", during which Baby John is lifted up by the other Jets and forced on top of Anita. Many productions portray him as being almost as traumatized by this as she is.
31st May '17 12:42:05 AM Pamina
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* BreakTheCutie: Maria and Anita. Chino counts as well.

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* BreakTheCutie: Maria and Anita. Chino Anita; both [[spoiler: lose their lovers, Maria also loses her brother, and Anita is also nearly raped]]. Tony arguably counts as well.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''?
30th May '17 11:53:31 PM Pamina
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* FreudianExcuse: "Gee, Officer Krupke" mocks the concept, subverting it with an admission that the Jets really just aren't interested in honest work. Arguably played straight in the show's wider context, though, since both gangs are living in the gutters of New York and the Sharks also have to deal with constant racism.

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* FreudianExcuse: "Gee, Officer Krupke" mocks the concept, subverting it with an admission that the Jets really just aren't interested in honest work. Arguably played straight in the show's wider context, though, since both gangs are living in the gutters of New York and the Sharks also have to deal with anti-immigrant bigotry, the Sharks in particular facing constant racism.
30th May '17 11:50:44 PM Pamina
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* FreudianExcuse: "Gee, Officer Krupke" mocks the concept, subverting it with an admission that the Jets really just aren't interested in honest work. Arguably played straight in the show's wider context, though, since both gangs are living in the gutters of New York and the Sharks also

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* FreudianExcuse: "Gee, Officer Krupke" mocks the concept, subverting it with an admission that the Jets really just aren't interested in honest work. Arguably played straight in the show's wider context, though, since both gangs are living in the gutters of New York and the Sharks also have to deal with constant racism.
30th May '17 11:48:40 PM Pamina
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* FreudianExcuse: "Gee, Officer Krupke" begins with this, but eventually subverts it with an admission that the Jets really just aren't interested in honest work.

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* FreudianExcuse: "Gee, Officer Krupke" begins with this, but eventually subverts mocks the concept, subverting it with an admission that the Jets really just aren't interested in honest work.work. Arguably played straight in the show's wider context, though, since both gangs are living in the gutters of New York and the Sharks also



* GreaserDelinquents: Both the Jets and the Sharks are full of this type of character. The Jets portray the east coast version, being entirely Irish and Italian youths, whereas the Sharks are the west coast version, being mainly 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, version (despite living on the east coast too), being mainly Puerto Rican and Latino.



* TheHeroDies: Tony himself at the end.

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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Tony himself at the end.]]
30th May '17 11:42:23 PM Pamina
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* DrivenToSuicide: As is expected from a ''{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', though the way both cases play out is {{Not His Sled}}:

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* DrivenToSuicide: As is should be expected from a ''{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', Juliet}}'' retelling, though the way both cases play out is {{Not His Sled}}:
30th May '17 11:41:15 PM Pamina
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* DownerEnding: Sure, the fighting's over, but three people are dead. But come on, this was based off of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', so it was hard not to see that one coming. At least ''West Side'''s ending can be considered Lighter and Softer than ''Romeo and Juliet'''s, since [[spoiler: Maria survives.]]

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* DownerEnding: Sure, the fighting's over, but three people are dead. But come on, this was based off of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', so it was hard not to see that one coming. At least the ''West Side'''s Side'' ending can be considered Lighter and Softer than ''Romeo and Juliet'''s, the ''Romeo'' ending, since [[spoiler: Maria survives.]]
30th May '17 11:40:11 PM Pamina
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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Purple and red for the Sharks, yellow and blue for the Jets. Most obvious at the dance, but still subtly present in other scenes.

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Purple In the original production, film, and most subsequent productions, it's purple and red for the Sharks, yellow and blue for the Jets. Most obvious at the dance, but still subtly present in other scenes.



* CycleOfVengeance: As best as can be determined from each side's self-serving account, the conflict began when the Jets attacked Bernardo the day he moved to the West Side (though the Jets would say [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence Bernardo began it by moving there]].) Bernardo created the Sharks to oppose them, but by the time the movie begins, both sides have become [[NotSoDifferent virtually indistinguishable]], and each is concerned only with vengeance on the other for whatever the other's last act of vengeance on ''them'' was. In the reprise of "Tonight," each side sings the line "They began it."
** They also sing the exact same ''music'' on that line, suggesting that the genesis of each gang's hatred is basically identical.

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* CycleOfVengeance: As best as can be determined from each side's self-serving account, the conflict began when the Jets attacked Bernardo the day he moved to the West Side (though the Jets would say [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence Bernardo began it by moving there]].) Bernardo created the Sharks to oppose them, but by the time the movie begins, both sides have become [[NotSoDifferent virtually indistinguishable]], and each is concerned only with vengeance on the other for whatever the other's last act of vengeance on ''them'' was. In the reprise of "Tonight," "Tonight Quintet," each side sings the line "They began it."
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" They also sing the exact same ''music'' on that line, suggesting that the genesis of each gang's hatred is basically identical.



* DarkReprise: "America" and "Somewhere".
** Don't forget "Tonight".

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* DarkReprise: "America" "Tonight" during the Quintet and "Somewhere".
** Don't forget "Tonight".
"Somewhere" as [[spoiler: Tony is dying]].



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In the movie, at least, [[spoiler:Tony dies as Maria holds him.]]

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In the movie, at least, [[spoiler:Tony [[spoiler:After being shot by Chino, Tony dies as Maria holds him.]]



* DownerEnding: Sure, the fighting's over, but three people are dead. But come on, this was based off of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', so it was hard not to see that one coming.
** If anything, West Side's ending can be considered Lighter and Softer than Romeo and Juliet's.

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* DownerEnding: Sure, the fighting's over, but three people are dead. But come on, this was based off of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', so it was hard not to see that one coming.
** If anything, West Side's
coming. At least ''West Side'''s ending can be considered Lighter and Softer than Romeo ''Romeo and Juliet's.Juliet'''s, since [[spoiler: Maria survives.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: After hearing that Chino allegedly murdered Maria in a jealous rage, Tony wanders the streets calling for Chino to kill him as well. Just as Tony sees Maria still alive and happily reunites with her, [[spoiler: Chino belatedly obliges his death wish.]]
** Shortly after this happens, an incensed Maria grabs the gun and threatens to kill herself after murdering everyone present.

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* DrivenToSuicide: As is expected from a ''{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', though the way both cases play out is {{Not His Sled}}:
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After hearing that Chino allegedly murdered Maria in a jealous rage, Tony wanders the streets calling for Chino to kill him as well. Just as Tony sees Maria still alive and happily reunites with her, [[spoiler: Chino belatedly obliges his death wish.]]
** Shortly after this happens, an incensed Maria grabs the gun and threatens to murder everyone present, then kill herself after murdering everyone present.too. [[spoiler: But in the end, she doesn't.]]
3rd Mar '17 9:06:39 AM lipranzer
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** Also, when Riff orders Anybodys out of Doc's, she leaves, but not without pushing some of the Sharks around. While some of them look shocked, Chino and a couple of the others laugh.
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