History Trivia / WestSideStory

1st Jun '17 6:23:05 PM Pamina
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* DawsonCasting: Defied to an extent. Most of the original Broadway cast were rejected for the film version, being thought too old to believably play teenagers. Even some of the few who made the transition are recast in different, slightly older roles (the original Baby John, David Winters, plays A-Rab in the film, while the original A-Rab, Tony Mordente, plays Action.). Still, most of the film's actors in the "teen" roles ''were'' in their 20s, with Eliot Feld (Baby John) the youngest at 19.

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* DawsonCasting: Defied to an extent. Most of the original Broadway cast were rejected for the film version, being thought too old to believably play teenagers. Even some of the few who made the transition are recast in different, slightly older roles (the original Baby John, David Winters, plays A-Rab in the film, while the original A-Rab, Tony Mordente, plays Action.). Still, most of the film's actors in the "teen" roles ''were'' in their 20s, with Eliot Feld (Baby John) and Susan Oakes (Anybodys) the two youngest at 19.19 and 17.
1st Jun '17 2:25:53 PM Pamina
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* DisownedAdaptation: Arthur Laurents, who wrote the stage script, always disliked the film, disparaging the [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] acting, Richard Beymer's bland Tony, the unconvincing Puerto Rican accents and the too-colorful "Day-Glo" costumes.

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* DisownedAdaptation: Arthur Laurents, who wrote the stage script, always disliked the film, disparaging the [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] acting, Richard Beymer's bland Tony, the unconvincing Puerto Rican accents excessive makeup on the actors, and the too-colorful "Day-Glo" costumes.costumes on the Puerto Rican characters, which he viewed as making them look like racist caricatures.



** Averted in "Anita's Rape Scene." In that scene, the actress playing Anita, Rita Moreno, was reduced to tears as a result of shooting that scene, as it brought back memories of when she was raped as a child. When she started crying, the actors playing the Jets immediately stopped what they were doing and began comforting her, while pointing out that the viewers were going to hate them for what they were doing.

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** Averted in "Anita's Rape Scene." Anita's near-ape scene. In that scene, the actress playing Anita, Rita Moreno, was reduced to tears as a result of shooting that scene, as it brought back memories of when she was raped as a child. When she started crying, the actors playing the Jets immediately stopped what they were doing and began comforting her, while pointing out that the viewers were going to hate them for what they were doing.
1st Jun '17 8:54:53 AM Pamina
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* DisownedAdaptation: Arthur Laurents, who wrote the stage script, always disliked the film, disparaging the [[Narm Narmy]] acting, Richard Beymer's bland Tony, the unconvincing Puerto Rican accents and the too-colorful "Day-Glo" costumes.

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* DisownedAdaptation: Arthur Laurents, who wrote the stage script, always disliked the film, disparaging the [[Narm [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] acting, Richard Beymer's bland Tony, the unconvincing Puerto Rican accents and the too-colorful "Day-Glo" costumes.
1st Jun '17 8:54:13 AM Pamina
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* DisownedAdaptation: Arthur Laurents, who wrote the stage script, always disliked the film, disparaging the [[Narm Narmy]] acting, Richard Beymer's bland Tony, the unconvincing Puerto Rican accents and the too-colorful "Day-Glo" costumes.
31st May '17 12:07:09 AM Pamina
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** The lyrics to "America" are given a different meaning from the musical to film adaptation. The original had been criticised for UnfortunateImplications that it was mocking Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. The film instead emphasise the discrimination the Puerto Ricans had suffered in America.

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** The lyrics to "America" are given a different meaning almost completely rewritten from the musical to film adaptation. The original had been criticised for UnfortunateImplications that it was mocking Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. The film instead emphasise the discrimination the Puerto Ricans had suffered in America. The song is also changed from an all-female number revolving around an argument between Anita and another girl to a male-and-female number with Anita vs. Bernardo; the latter was Sondheim's original intent, only rewritten because Jerome Robbins wanted an all-female dance number in the show.



* DawsonCasting: Defied to an extent. Most of the original Broadway cast were rejected for the film version, being thought too old to believably play teenagers.

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* DawsonCasting: Defied to an extent. Most of the original Broadway cast were rejected for the film version, being thought too old to believably play teenagers. Even some of the few who made the transition are recast in different, slightly older roles (the original Baby John, David Winters, plays A-Rab in the film, while the original A-Rab, Tony Mordente, plays Action.). Still, most of the film's actors in the "teen" roles ''were'' in their 20s, with Eliot Feld (Baby John) the youngest at 19.
5th May '17 8:14:05 PM glickmam
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* ProductionPosse: One of the co-directors of the movie version, Creator/RobertWise, would later collaborate with the associate producer, Saul Chaplin, again on two Creator/JulieAndrews movie musicals: ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' and ''Star!''. The former also shares ''West Side Story'''s screenwriter, Ernest Lehman (who wrote four Wise-directed movies in total), and musical director, Irwin Kostal.

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* ProductionPosse: One of the co-directors and the producer of the movie version, Creator/RobertWise, would later collaborate with the associate producer, Saul Chaplin, again on two Creator/JulieAndrews movie musicals: ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' and ''Star!''. The former also shares ''West Side Story'''s screenwriter, Ernest Lehman (who wrote four Wise-directed movies in total), and musical director, Irwin Kostal.



** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Creator/AudreyHepburn was also offered the part of Maria, but turned it down because she was pregnant at the time.

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** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/AudreyHepburn was also offered the part of Maria, but turned it down because she was pregnant at the time.
4th Feb '17 2:53:01 PM kquinn0830
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* FakeNationality: In the film, Maria is played by Creator/NatalieWood, who was a Russian-American. And then there's the Greco-American George Chakiris as Bernardo.

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* FakeNationality: In the film, several of the actors playing the Sharks and their ladies are not Puerto Rican. Maria is played by Creator/NatalieWood, who was a Russian-American. And then there's the Greco-American Greco-Americans George Chakiris as Bernardo.and Gus Trikonis portray Bernardo and Indio, respectively. Trikonis' sister Gina actually played Riff's girlfriend Graziella.
27th Jan '17 2:57:21 PM Pren
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** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krumpke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to be changed to "gay," rhyming with "today."

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** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krumpke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to be changed to "gay," rhyming with "today."
27th Jan '17 2:57:05 PM Pren
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** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krumpke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier.

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** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krumpke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to be changed to "gay," rhyming with "today."
4th Jan '17 5:20:20 PM gjjones
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** Leonard Bernstein was also dissatisfied with some of the orchestrations made for the film version.
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