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Palace Theater

1564 Broadway

2 hours 40 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

March 19, 2009 (Open-Ended)

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West Side Story Broadway tickets flew off the counter yet again. A current revival of the 1957 classic musical is underway.

A new album for the musical was recorded at Sony Masterworks early in April, 2009. On April 6, the recording for the revival cast was done in a studio of Manhattan.

This extravagant, all-time popular musical was originally created by American playwright, Arthur Laurents. The 1957 musical had Jerome Robbins as the director and choreographer.

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the play also presented socio-cultural conflicts between two separate ethnic gangs.

Plot Development Of The 1950s Original

It is interesting to know how director Robbins and Laurents had decided on the plot development for this musical.

Robbins had in mind Romeo and Juliet as a focal influence for this musical. He approached Laurents and music composer, Leonard Bernstein with a plot based on a quarrel between an Italian-American and a Jewish household.

However, there were many initial differences between the three. Bernstein had opted for an opera form for the play. But both Robbins and Laurents wanted a “lyric theatre” form.

However, after a long gap the three finally came together to produce the play. The plot got a contemporary touch with its focus tilted towards the adolescent delinquent gang rivalries theme.

This was one of the most demanding productions to get produced on stage and made West Side Story Broadway ticketsone of the most popular. Though stylish and contemporary on paper; this production required innovation in lyrics and music.

Since there were two delinquent adversary gangs in the main play setting; the language was a cause for concern.

It had to be a musical. But the theme also required some degree of street vocabulary. Also, care had to be taken to avoid slang usage.

So ultimately, street phrases like “cut the frabba-jabba,” were created by Laurents. Songs like ‘America’ and ‘Maria’ were memorable creations by composer, Bernstein and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim.

Ultimately after crossing many hurdles when the musical hit the stage on 1957, West Side Story Broadway tickets sales saw a shoot-up. The play got positive reviews and was a success.

Interesting Trivia

This production crossed many hurdles in its making. At a certain point, the presentation appeared unfeasible. Laurents himself claimed that the musical was written off by many as “an impossible project.”

Laurents also mentioned that some people felt that “the score was too rangy for pop music.”

Selecting the apt cast was yet another difficulty. Laurents pointed that out when he said - “We had the really tough problem of casting…the characters had to be able not only to sing but dance and act and be taken for teenagers.”

The cast members were not allowed to mingle before the staging. Robbins planned this in order to highlight the antagonism between the two gangs in the play – Jets and Sharks.

To get a peep into the recent revival, check up on the Broadway sites that are right now busy selling West Side Story Broadway tickets.

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