History Theatre / WestSideStory

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.
20th Mar '16 5:52:24 AM LentilSandEater
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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 "[[StealthPun 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 replaced "legs" with "[[StealthPun "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mouth.]]"
20th Mar '16 5:51:28 AM LentilSandEater
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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 "mouth."
*** Which sounds just as bad.

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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 "mouth."
*** Which sounds just as bad.
"[[StealthPun mouth.]]"
7th Mar '16 8:03:58 PM Luigifan
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--> ''The adults - DOC, SHRANK, KRUPKE, and GLAD HAND - stand alone, useless.''

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--> ''The adults - -- DOC, SHRANK, KRUPKE, and GLAD HAND - -- stand alone, useless.''



** 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 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.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: This trope mostly appears in the movie version, as the infamous Hays Code was still in effect, though slightly less so at that point in time). Anita's lines in "Tonight" are changed from "He'll walk in hot and tired, so what / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's hot" to "He'll walk in hot and tired, poor dear / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's here."

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: This trope mostly appears in the movie version, as the infamous Hays Code was still in effect, though slightly less so at that point in time).time. Anita's lines in "Tonight" are changed from "He'll walk in hot and tired, so what / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's hot" to "He'll walk in hot and tired, poor dear / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's here."



** Schrank' s taunting of Action changes from "How's the action on your mother's mattress?" to "How's the action on your mother's side of the street?" not much better but enough to go over the head of some younger viewers.

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** Schrank' s Schrank's taunting of Action changes from "How's the action on your mother's mattress?" to "How's the action on your mother's side of the street?" not much better but enough to go over the head of some younger viewers.



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



* 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."

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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 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."



** Actually a BittersweetEnding, however, as 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.
* DramaticIrony: Maria persuades Tony to go to the rumble in order to stop the fist-fight. [[spoiler: He ends up killing her brother.]]

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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.
* DramaticIrony: Maria persuades Tony to go to the rumble in order to stop the fist-fight. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ends up killing her brother.]]



* EnemyMine: For all their hatred of each other, the Jets and the Sharks seem pretty unified in their hatred of Shrank and Krupke--when Bernardo mouths off to Shrank, Riff and the other Jets are visibly amused/impressed by this. Later, Bernado and Riff pretend to be friendly when they notice Krupke eying them suspiciously, both gangs do this in full force when Shrank interrupts their war council, and when Shrank insults Bernardo, it's Riff who holds Bernardo back from attacking him.

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* EnemyMine: For all their hatred of each other, the Jets and the Sharks seem pretty unified in their hatred of Shrank and Krupke--when Krupke -- when Bernardo mouths off to Shrank, Riff and the other Jets are visibly amused/impressed by this. Later, Bernado and Riff pretend to be friendly when they notice Krupke eying them suspiciously, both gangs do this in full force when Shrank interrupts their war council, and when Shrank insults Bernardo, it's Riff who holds Bernardo back from attacking him.



** In the stage play that number takes place at night; "I feel pretty and witty and bright/And I pity any girl who isn't me tonight".

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** In the stage play play, that number takes place at night; "I feel pretty and witty and bright/And I pity any girl who isn't me tonight".



* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Tonight"
* MeddlesomePatrolman: Officer Krupke

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* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Tonight"
"Tonight".
* MeddlesomePatrolman: Officer KrupkeKrupke.



* MoodWhiplash: in the original stage play, "I Feel Pretty" takes place RIGHT after the rumble and just before Maria learns Tony killed Bernardo. "Gee, Officer Krupke" also takes place after the rumble. These were moved to before the rumble in the film.

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* MoodWhiplash: in the original stage play, "I Feel Pretty" takes place RIGHT ''right'' after the rumble and just before Maria learns Tony killed Bernardo. "Gee, Officer Krupke" also takes place after the rumble. These were moved to before the rumble in the film.



--> '''Anita''': ''I'll get a terrace apartment''
--> '''Bernardo''': ''Better get rid of your accent''
--> '''Anita''': ''Life can be bright in America''
--> '''Bernardo''': ''If you can fight in America''
--> '''Anita''': ''Life is all right in America''
--> '''Bernardo''': ''If you're all white in America''

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--> '''Anita''': ''I'll get a terrace apartment''
apartment.''
--> '''Bernardo''': ''Better get rid of your accent''
accent.''
--> '''Anita''': ''Life can be bright in America''
America!''
--> '''Bernardo''': ''If you can fight in America''
America!''
--> '''Anita''': ''Life is all right in America''
America!''
--> '''Bernardo''': ''If you're all white in America''America!''



* 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 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'' survives the movie.
* NotSoDifferent: After the cops breaks up the first brawl between the Jets and Sharks, both groups decide to take time to {{Troll}} the cops. The ironic thing being [[ActuallyPrettyFunny groups were laughing at one another jokes.]]

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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 are dead, one is arrested and will most likely be hanged for murder, the two gangs hate each other even more (until they reconcile) reconcile), and ''Maria'' survives the movie.
* NotSoDifferent: After the cops breaks up the first brawl between the Jets and Sharks, both groups decide to take time to {{Troll}} the cops. The ironic thing being [[ActuallyPrettyFunny both groups were laughing at one another another's jokes.]]



* OnlySaneMan: Doc sees that events are spiraling into mayhem, and is increasingly frustrated by his inability to affect anything.

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* OnlySaneMan: Doc sees that the events are spiraling into mayhem, and is increasingly frustrated by his inability to affect anything.



* PoirotSpeak: The Puerto Ricans litter their English with. For examples, "por favor?", "una poca" and "si".

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* PoirotSpeak: The Puerto Ricans litter their English with. with this. For examples, "por favor?", "una poca" poca", and "si".



** 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 therefor 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 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 therefor 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.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Tony killing Bernardo after the former kills Riff, the ensuing Jets/Sharks fight and Chino ultimately killing Tony at the end could be seen as this]].

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Tony killing Bernardo after the former kills Riff, the ensuing Jets/Sharks fight fight, and Chino ultimately killing Tony at the end could be seen as this]].



* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: The entirely of the CycleOfRevenge is this. In particular, Tony's murder of Bernardo.

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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: The entirely entirety of the CycleOfRevenge is this. In particular, Tony's murder of Bernardo.
3rd Mar '16 10:28:13 AM piraml
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** The made up slang was employed to {{avert|edTrope}} this trope, since slang that was never actually popular slang can't become dated slang.

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** 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!]]
9th Feb '16 5:19:03 PM MissSally
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* AllThereInTheManual: The Pocket Books novelization from 1961 gives almost all of the characters last names that were not provided in the play or movie (for example, Maria's last name is Nunez and Tony's is Wyzek).
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