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Cleveland Orchestra closes season in style with spectacular 'West Side Story' film presentation

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer ,
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Call it unorthodox. Call it populist. Just don't call the Cleveland Orchestra's season finale anything less than spectacular.

Sure, by performing "West Side Story" live with the film, the orchestra is breaking a few tired, unwritten rules. Instead of its traditional subscription brochure, the orchestra is taking a page out of its "At the Movies" pamphlet.

But who cares? The reward justifies the risk. Any number of core classical works might have filled the season finale slot, but the fact is "West Side Story" suits the occasion perfectly, better than just about anything else.
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Review: ‘West Side Story’ at The Media Theatre

By Ellen Wilson Dilks

Earlier this season, The Media Theatre presented Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Now they’re concluding their 2016-2017 season with a production of West Side Story, the musical that put a 20th Century spin on the Bard’s story and became a masterwork in its own right. Set in New York’s Upper West Side in the mid-1950s, West Side Story tells the story of two rival gangs, one all-white (the Jets) and the other all-Puerto Rican (the Sharks). The Jets are led by Riff, whose best friend, Tony (a former gang member), falls in love with Maria — the younger sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.
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Rita Moreno shares her thoughts on a West Side Story remake

By Iona Kirby | Showbiz Editor

Rita Moreno is one of Hollywood's most legendary stars.

And the iconic actress chatted to LAGoss.com at a Paley Live event for her show One Day At A Time, revealing what drew her to the project and how she would feel about a remake of her classic movie West Side Story.
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What's with the blue garbage bags? And the swans balcony?

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Melissa McCarthy hosts Saturday Night Live on May 13, 2017, with musical guest HAIM.
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West Side Story Sing-Along

Part of the Summer Classics Series

Wednesday, June 28 · @ 7:15 PM
Price: $10.00 regular | $8.00 student & senior | $7.50 ArtsQuest Member

Venue: Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-297-7100
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Review: ‘West Side Story’ is all of our stories

by Ellen Burkhardt

It’s a story that could be told about any city, anywhere, at any time: Two ethnically divided groups fighting over pride, property, bragging rights, and power; their actions motivated by fear, insecurity, and hatred.
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REVIEW: ‘West Side Story,’ A Timeless Story with a Sweeping Score and Innovative Dance Narrative

by Ivan Steel

There’s no doubt why Arthur Laurents critically acclaimed masterpiece, “West Side Story” has been enthralling audiences for the past 60 years. Besides, it’s sweeping score and innovative dance narrative, the timeless story of forbidden love, racial tension and police corruption still bear relevance today. Now, McCoy Rigby Entertainment has brought the iconic musical to The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, under the direction of Richard Israel, currently playing through May 14, 2017.

The landmark musical, based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” explores the rivalry between two New York City street gangs – the Jets [a Caucasian gang] and the Sharks [a Puerto Rican gang] in the mid 1950’s. Laurents original book entitled “East Side Story” featured a feud between an Irish-Catholic and Jewish family before rewritten into the gang warfare version we’re all familiar with today.
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The cast for the musical West Side Story does a warm-up before their performance in Zurich, Switzerland.

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