petzipellepingo: (wss national cool knees by skybound2)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
#SomewhereProject was nominated for @Americans4Arts 2017 Robert E. Gard Award! Revisit our #WestSideStory production

petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and Knockdown Center present West Side Story, featuring professional artists in lead roles, with students and community members from around the city on stage. The production was conducted by Marin Alsop, a former protégée of Bernstein’s and a visionary leader of education projects, and directed by Amanda Dehnert, a nationally renowned theater director. Watch clips from a magical performance, the culmination of the inspiring city-side Somewhere Project. #somewhereproject
knockdown.center/event/west-side-story
carnegiehall.org/SomewhereProject/WestSideStory/


Act 1: 01 - Prologue from Knockdown Center on Vimeo.


Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Relive some of the highlights from Carnegie Hall's city-wide #SomewhereProject:

 photo 162016actionandgeetar_zpsivueul5i.jpg

 photo 162016snowboyandvelma_zpsw0kjjyti.jpg
Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Theater Sings Louder Than Screams of Hate; Somewhere Project's 'West Side Story'

Steve Schonberg

Theater can sing louder than hate can scream, and by doing so it speaks volumes. If theater is a reflection of our society, the Somewhere Project's take on the classic musical, West Side Story this past weekend, provides hope that there can be peace if only we ask what it means universally to be human, instead of reinforcing the labels that make us different. The production was perfectly timed, as voters pour their fears into politicians who tell them how so many "outsiders" are ruining our country. But, almost 60 years after West Side Story first premiered (1957), this thrilling new production by Carnegie Hall's Weil Music Institute reminds us that we've faced these serious cultural challenges before in many forms. Yet we continue to evolve, and incredibly, theater can simultaneously represent and inspire change.

 photo 162016wssknockdown_zpss4y9fzxm.jpg

Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Did the best 'West Side Story' ever just premiere in Queens?

by Christopher Kelly

Forget how many times you've seen "West Side Story" over the years. You've never seen a production like the one mounted by Carnegie Hall last weekend at the Knockdown Center, a former warehouse converted into an arts center in Queens.

This "West Side Story" featured professional actors in the lead parts, including Skylar Astin ("Pitch Perfect") as Tony and newcomer Morgan Hernandez as Maria; 14 New York City high school students in the ensemble; 200 more high schoolers in the chorus; and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra director Marin Alsop conducting the orchestra.

If this sounds like a recipe for potential chaos, think again. Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss jets by lindz8403)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
 photo 162016thejets_zpsujvzscws.jpg

I do like those spiffy red sneakers they're all wearing

 photo 162016tony_zpslqc3gsxm.png

 photo 162016tonyandriff_zpsx2afdd6v.png
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Review: Carnegie Hall’s ‘West Side Story’ at the Knockdown Center

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

The headlong energy of youth was on ample — no, make that spectacular — display over the weekend in Maspeth, Queens, at the Knockdown Center, a former factory where a wonderfully energized, energizing production of “West Side Story” was presented for just three performances, under the auspices of Carnegie Hall and the Weill Music Institute.

 photo 162016wsscool_zpst6hc2ppu.jpg

A culmination of the Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of that classic 1957 musical that began in January, the production mixed professional actors with 15 high-school-aged apprentices in the cast, supplemented by a whopping chorus of 200 high school singers from 26 schools representing all five boroughs. Conducting the lush 40-piece orchestra was the eminent Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who was once a protégée of Leonard Bernstein, the composer of “West Side Story,” of course.

The site was fitting for this nontraditional but nevertheless faithful production, which essentially dispensed with sets and featured simple, contemporary costumes by Tracy Christensen. The show was performed on a long, rectangular stage made to resemble a strip of roadway — a drag strip, you might say — with the audience seated on three sides, some at tables and some in bleacherlike seating.
Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Carnegie Hall's West Side Story, Staged in a Queens Warehouse with Skylar Astin and Newcomer Morgan Hernandez, is a Musical Miracle

By Paul Wontorek

There’s nothing like a multi-million dollar slick staging of a classic Broadway musical featuring the best acting talents available and the greatest creative team money can buy. Then again, seeing the same classic on a high school or community theater level can prove just as exhilarating, with raw, wide-eyed talents giving the material a freshness that’s undeniable. The Carnegie Hall production of the Weill Music Institute staging of West Side Story, set in a warehouse in Queens called the Knockdown Center for just one weekend, offers the best of both worlds and for this 57-year-old icon of a show, the results are nothing short of miraculous.

 photo 162016wsscarnegie_zpsnst4ybxo.jpg

The Sharks and the Jets are still rumbling, on a long jet runway of a stage, and the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score still throbs and pulses like the New York City of our dreams, especially played by a full orchestra led by music director Marin Alsop and music supervisor Leslie Stifelman. But this isn’t your grandpa's West Side Story. For one, hip hop choreographer Sean Cheesman has added new choreography to the show, which also features much of the original Jerome Robbins dance, recreated for the space by Julio Monge, a Broadway vet who actually danced as a Shark under Robbins’ eye in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. For fans of the original, it’s jolting to see sequences like the Dance at the Gym conceived with a new eye, but Cheesman’s work fits beautifully into Robbins’ and has a modern twist that's vital to this new production’s success.
Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute is presenting West Side Story this weekend in three performances only March 4, 5, and 6, 2016, at the Knockdown Center.

Check out highlights from the performance here!
petzipellepingo: (wss anita by dallowayward)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
The @carnegiehall #WestSideStory cast w/@biancamarroquin as Anita gets an opening night visit from @Chita_Rivera!

 photo 162016chitaandbianca_zps9qe0o23g.jpg

 photo 162016twoanitas_zps5qwnfxmn.png
petzipellepingo: (wss tonight lyric by visualthinker11)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo


Carnegie Hall's large-scale production of West Side Story stars Skylar Astin as Tony, Bianca Marroquín as Anita and Morgan Hernandez, an 18-year-old student at the Boston Conservatory, as Maria. The production plays the Knockdown Center, a 50,000-square-foot former factory located in Maspeth, Queens that now serves as a "space dedicated to cross-disciplinary projects and collaborations.” The cast also includes 14 area high school students as well as a chorus of some 200 students from 25 high schools that sing new choral arrangements created for the production by Thomas Cabaniss. Amanda Dehnert and Marin Alsop helm the production.
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
‘West Side Story’ Merges Old and New
In Weill Music Institute’s new production, 14 young performers star alongside seasoned professionals

By Darryn King

When it comes to choreography, “West Side Story” has long set the standard for conveying the dreams and frustrations of urban teens.

 photo 162016wssanita_zpswai0lfii.jpg

But in the Weill Music Institute’s new production of the American musical that updated “Romeo & Juliet” for the gang-riddled streets of 1950s New York, the edgy, explosive choreography of Jerome Robbins will briefly make way for even more contemporary moves.

During the fiery “Dance at the Gym” number, Emanuel Figueroa, a 15-year-old dancer from the Bronx who plays a hot-headed member of the Sharks gang, will bust out some street-style hip-hop dancing.
Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Reimagining ‘West Side Story’ With Voices From Across New York

By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM

A sharp winter sun filtered into the Knockdown Center, a former factory turned art space in Queens, on a recent afternoon as Skylar Astin and Morgan Hernandez enacted the bridal shop mock-wedding scene from “West Side Story.”

“Make of our hands one hand,” the young actors sang as they stood on the narrow stage. In “West Side Story,” with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “One Hand, One Heart” is a hymnlike duet of arresting tenderness, an expression of a hope that will ultimately be dashed by racial tension and cultural mistrust. But as Mr. Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) and Ms. Hernandez (a freshman at the Boston Conservatory) continued to hold hands, dozens of teenagers solemnly flooded the stage. As they joined in, singing “Make of our hearts one heart,” what had begun as a duet about a personal connection became a choral affirmation of collective healing.

There are many novel touches to this new production of “West Side Story” that Carnegie Hall is presenting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Knockdown Center. The choreography by Jerome Robbins, familiar to many from the 1961 movie version of the musical, is supplemented by Sean Cheesman’s new choreography, which draws a bridge to contemporary urban culture. With its two rows of bleachers hugging the catwalklike stage, the show offers an unusually immersive experience to audience members.
Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Mounting an Ethnically Ambiguous West Side Story

By Michael Gioia

This weekend, a semi-immersive West Side Story will open in a warehouse setting with a multi-racial cast. Director Amanda Denhert weighs in on the piece’s relevance now more than ever before.
Read more... )
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Can't believe we have our first live audience tonight!

The Rumble

 photo 162016somewhere3_zps55er7cql.png

 photo 162016somewhere1_zps6a2vsifq.png

 photo 162016soemwhere2_zps20cqm9ba.png
petzipellepingo: (wss somewhere by openingsong)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Riff, Tony and Bernardo!! Who is pumped about #WestSideStory ! @SkylarAstin I'm so proud! #SomewhereProject ❤️

 photo 162016rifftonybernardo_zpsk82n645p.png

Anita in the making #somewhere project @carnegiehall rehearsal process!

 photo 162016anitawss_zpskl0rtsi2.jpg

Interview: From Roxie Hart to Anita in ‘West Side Story’, Bianca Marroquín Conquers the World, One Song at a Time
Read more... )

Profile

westsidestory: (Default)
westsidestory

September 2017

S M T W T F S
     12
3 4 5678 9
10 11121314 15 16
17 181920212223
24252627282930

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Active Entries

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 24th, 2017 10:49 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios