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West Side Story Characters
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“West Side Story was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done. It’s lasted for so long and it’s so popular - they don’t make ‘em like that anymore”

Christian Borle on West Side Story.

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Christian played Riff in the National Tour and the European Tour with Max von Essen as Tony
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“West Side Story was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done. It’s lasted for so long and it’s so popular - they don’t make ‘em like that anymore”

Christian Borle on West Side Story.

title or description
Christian played Riff in the National Tour and the European Tour with Max von Essen as Tony
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How we made ... Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris on West Side Story
'I hadn't wanted to play Riff since my dancing wasn't great. I ended up doing a lot of strutting'

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title or description

Casey Garvin?, Clay Thomson?, Christopher Rice?, Harris Milgrim?
I'm not sure who the other Jets are in the photo
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Fascinating look at a casting call for an upcoming production.

Non-Equity National Tour of “West Side Story”

by Kristen Trahan

Producer: Troika Entertainment
Director: David Saint
Jerome Robbins’ Choreography Recreated By: Joey McKneely
Casting: Clemmons/Dewing Casting
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Arthur Laurents, David Saint (revisions)

Rehearsals begin September 24, 2012; First performance is October 29, 2012. Contracted through July 2013.
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'West Side Story's' first Riff

Chuck Darrow
Philadelphia Daily News

SOMETIME around 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Academy of Music, the Philadelphia debut of the latest iteration of "West Side Story," which runs through April 8, will conclude with a reprise of "Somewhere." At this point, the audience will no doubt rise to its feet and reward the cast with a loud and appreciative ovation. But no matter how enthusiastic the crowd's response may be, it probably won't match that of those at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre on Aug. 19, 1957.

"We got like 15 curtain calls," recalled Michael Callan, 77, of the night the groundbreaking contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" had its pre-Broadway premiere. As the actor portraying Riff, the "commander" of the American street gang, the Jets, Callan was one of the recipients of that unforgettable roar of approval.
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Title: Call On Your Angels
Rating: K+/PG
Summary: Post-movie. Tony, Riff, and Bernardo are assigned to a discouraged Schrank and Krupke on Christmas Eve.

The song A New York Christmas was the main inspiration behind this piece. I originally wrote it with the lyrics included, but since FF.net no longer allows that, I had to remove them for that version.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7663848/1/

If anyone wants to see it as I fully intended, with lyrics, it's here: http://ladybug-tales.livejournal.com/138654.html But while commenting is open to everyone at FF.net, it's Friends Only on my fic journal, due to my having been harassed on LJ in the past.

Merry Christmas!
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To mark the golden anniversary of the cinematic masterpiece set on the 1950s streets of New York, Amy Robach sits down with Rita Moreno and other stars of “West Side Story.”

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So I'm about to watch the movie and do a "What West Side Story Means To Me"-style writeup afterwards, as well as visit all these amazing links (petzipellepingo, you're amazing), but in the meantime, 50th anniversary-fic!

jumpity-jump! )
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First Nighter: Betty Buckley Goes for Men in a Big-Hearted Feinstein's at Loews Regency Way

Maybe yes, maybe no, but I'm going to label Betty Buckley's current show, Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway, at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, as the most relaxed, the most consistently easy-going, the most personable, the funniest she's ever presented in the many years she's appeared at one or another of the major local boites.

The idea behind it is that over her Broadway years, which have stretched even longer, she's sung her share of stunners and made them even more stunning -- introducing "Memory" on Manhattan boards probably being the most notable. But she's been typed out of many others for the simple reason they were written for male characters to deliver.

That didn't stop her from coveting them and even standing in the wings nightly to listen while, as one example, Michael Rupert sang William Finn's "Venice" in Elegies. Making up for lost opportunities on her return to the room, she's taken on a series of her favorites, sometimes changing pronouns, sometimes not, sometimes not needing to.

Declaring at the outset that she's always loved men, if not fully understood them, she reports her passion for them began when, at 14 (Buckley's now in her mid-'60s), she fell for Russ Tamblyn as Riff in the West Side Story movie adaptation and for months fantasized about being a Jet. So much so that when on Sundays she would enact "When You're a Jet" with the Jerome Robbins choreography in the family driveway, her dad would interrupt her saying, "Get in the car. The Jets are going to church."
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And now, a West Side Story pictorial:

Meet Tony.



Tony: Hi, everyone! )

One Fanfic

Aug. 8th, 2011 12:28 pm
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A Conversation of Lost Souls After a gang-related shooting, Lieutenant Schrank encounters the spirits of Riff and Bernardo (and Tony, briefly).
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Arthur Laurents has said, “This is a story of love that cannot survive in a world of bigotry and violence.” The central love story is that of Tony and Maria; but Mr. Laurents says the entire production is motivated by love, beginning with the first scene between Tony and Riff. If Tony “loves him like a brother” and Riff is willing to die for him, their relationship must be carefully and organically established for the tragic story to work.

http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/2011/01/theatre-review-west-side-story-at-the-fox/

Actor Paul Nolan, who played the part of Tony in a recent lauded production at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, commented on the need to make Tony believable as a gang member. As he says, "It was very important to me to portray Tony so that he was believable as the alpha - to go so far as to think of Tony as the leader of the gangs, the older brother figure to Riff. I wanted him to be tough; to have enough grit inside him that an audience would believe he "could" snap, leading him to kill Bernardo". Paul Nolan, interview with author Elizabeth Wells, August 21, 2009. West Side Story : Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical, pp. 185-186.
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Meet the men of West Side Story (on tour)

by Jim Halterman

It’s no big surprise when thinking of the most iconic American musicals of the 20th Century that West Side Story is easily at the top of the list. The Romeo And Juliet-esque love story of Tony and Maria, the battle between gangs the Jets and the Sharks and, of course, the script by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the amazing choreography by Jerome Robbins has made it one of the most memorable stage musicals ever and the film adaptation is still seen as one of the best movie musicals ever produced.

With a successful revival on Broadway closing, West Side Story has also hit the road and is now touring the United States. Read more... )
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Original West Side Story film stars George Chakiris (Bernardo) and Russ Tamblyn (Riff) were among those on hand to celebrate the Nov. 30 opening of the show's national tour at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre.
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"This version is more violent than the original musical," said actor Drew Foster during the afternoon of opening night in Austin. "Laurents updated it to show what real gang members are about -- that they would be capable of killing someone. It is more realistic, the racial remarks have been upped. The gang speaks Spanish to each other when they're together."

Foster and Nathan Keen -- another actor in the touring company -- are recent college graduates, but their professional careers began when they were children. Foster, who studied at The Juilliard School , started performing in regional theater in Florida at age 6; Keen, a graduate of Otterbein College in Ohio, got the acting bug in Detroit at age 4. Keen appeared in touring companies of "Beauty and the Beast," "Les Miserables" and "Ragtime."

They have both been with "West Side Story" since the touring show started in October and will be with the run when it ends in July 2012.

"It's live stage combat," Keen said about the action in the play. "Every actor learns in school how to make fights look real and safe, and sometimes we get hurt, if something's done the wrong way." Broken noses happen, and with all the dancing in the musical, "dancing hurts."

The pair demonstrated just how they "fake" a fight, as Foster hit Keen in the stomach with a baseball bat and Keen doubled over with a shout of pain. In reality, the bat was not wooden, but made of flexible foam, and the cry of pain -- well, it was good acting.

For all the action and the intense physical demands of "West Side Story," the pair said they love being in one of the most famous musicials every created.

"We're very lucky to be part of the cast," Foster said.
http://www.kxan.com/dpp/entertainment/smash-hit-west-side-story-opens


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