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Silent, colour 8mm home movies shot behind the scenes of the filming of WEST SIDE STORY. Included are many of the songs and also included is a comparison of the film and the behind-the-scenes footage. What the cast can be seen doing at 2:53 is a "rain dance". They would do rain dances in order to stop filming to rest. Eventually they were told to stop because it actually worked!

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Veteran dancer-actors David Bean, Harvey Evans, Bert Michaels and Eddie Verso celebrate the 1957 musical classic "West Side Story" and the 1961 Academy Award-winning film adaptation in which they all appeared as Sharks or Jets.
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West Side Story Characters
Click on a character's name for a full description. (Available for StageAgent Pro members.)

Name Gender Vocal Part Age Range Role Type
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How the WEST SIDE STORY International Tour Girls get ready

The Girls in the Cast of the International tour of West Side Story put together a video fantasy on how they get ready for a show. 8 shows a week all across Europe, The Middle East, etc... We hope you enjoy. Beyonce was definitely an inspiration!!!
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The international cast of "WEST SIDE STORY" has arrived in London for the show's run at Sadler's Wells until 22 September, and some of the members of the two rival gangs - The Jets and The Sharks - headed to London's edgy and urban Leake Street, SE1 to re-create some of the show's most iconic dance moves.

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A new canción for ‘West Side Story’

LINDSAY CHRISTIANS | The Capital Times

For two years in the late 1950s, “West Side Story” electrified Broadway audiences, recasting Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets as troubled teenagers on New York’s upper west side.

But for the musical’s fiftieth anniversary, changes outside the theater made revivals of “West Side” seem dated. In 2009, the late Arthur Laurents, then 93, transformed the show by making it darker and more violent; addition, the Puerto Rican characters speak Spanish.
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NICE WORK's Judy Kaye, Michael McGrath & WEST SIDE STORY Movie Gang Set for Theater Talk, 11/16-19

by BWW News Desk


Beloved character players from Broadway and Hollywood – Tony Award-winning actors Judy Kaye and Michael McGrath from Nice Work If You Can Get It, plus three Jets and one Shark from the 1961 film version of West Side Story, dancers David Bean, Harvey Evans, Bert Michaels and Eddie Verso– visit THEATER TALK.
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Yesterday at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS four of the actor/dancers from the 1961 film were their promoting their book, “Our Story.”
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This is the 1st Broadway National Tour of West Side Story with their take on Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’.
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Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Sizzles in Toronto
Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography
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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
A Puerto Rican reading of "America"

by Alberto Sandoval Sanchez

"My final prayer:
O my body, make of me always a man who questions!"
— Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

To my nephew and niece in the U.S.A.,
Laura and Vladimir Estrada Sandoval

After my immigration to Wisconsin in 1973 to attend college, the musical film WEST SIDE STORY frequently was imposed upon me as a "model of of/for" my Puerto Rican ethnic identity. Certainly it was a strange and foreign model for a newcomer, but not for the Anglo-Americans who actualize with my bodily presence their stereotypes of Latinos' Otherness. Over and over again, to make me feel comfortable in their family rooms and to tell me of their knowledge about Puerto Ricans, they would start their conversations with WEST SIDE STORY: "Al, we loved WEST SIDE STORY." "Have you seen the movie'?" "Did you like it?" On other occasions, some people even sang parodically in my ears: "Alberto, I've just met a guy named Alberto." And, how can I forget those who upon my arrival would start tapping flamenco steps and squealing: "I like to be in America!...Everything free in America."[1][open notes in new window] As the years passed by I grew accustomed to their actions and reactions to my presence. I would smile and ignore the stereotype of Puerto Ricans that Hollywood promotes. Or perhaps, was I unwilling to identify with the Puerto Rican immigrants living in New York because of my own prejudices of class or race?
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West Side Story
A Puerto Rican reading of "America"

by Alberto Sandoval Sanchez

"My final prayer:
O my body, make of me always a man who questions!"
— Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

To my nephew and niece in the U.S.A.,
Laura and Vladimir Estrada Sandoval

After my immigration to Wisconsin in 1973 to attend college, the musical film WEST SIDE STORY frequently was imposed upon me as a "model of of/for" my Puerto Rican ethnic identity. Certainly it was a strange and foreign model for a newcomer, but not for the Anglo-Americans who actualize with my bodily presence their stereotypes of Latinos' Otherness. Over and over again, to make me feel comfortable in their family rooms and to tell me of their knowledge about Puerto Ricans, they would start their conversations with WEST SIDE STORY: "Al, we loved WEST SIDE STORY." "Have you seen the movie'?" "Did you like it?" On other occasions, some people even sang parodically in my ears: "Alberto, I've just met a guy named Alberto." And, how can I forget those who upon my arrival would start tapping flamenco steps and squealing: "I like to be in America!...Everything free in America."[1][open notes in new window] As the years passed by I grew accustomed to their actions and reactions to my presence. I would smile and ignore the stereotype of Puerto Ricans that Hollywood promotes. Or perhaps, was I unwilling to identify with the Puerto Rican immigrants living in New York because of my own prejudices of class or race?
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