A Place for Us: “West Side Story” and New York by Julia L. Foulkes

By Julia L. Foulkes

From its Broadway debut to the Oscar-winning movie to numerous novice productions, West part Story is not anything lower than an American touchstone—an updating of Shakespeare vividly discovered in a swiftly altering postwar New York.

That imaginative and prescient of postwar manhattan is on the middle of Julia L. Foulkes’s A position for Us. A lifelong fan of the express, Foulkes got interested in its heritage while she made an unforeseen discovery: scenes for the enduring movie model have been shot at the demolition website destined to develop into a part of the Lincoln heart redevelopment area—a crowning jewel of postwar city renewal. Foulkes interweaves the tale of the construction of the musical and movie with the remaking of the higher West part and the bigger story of recent York’s postwar aspirations. Making remarkable use of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s revelatory papers, she exhibits the an important position performed through the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow homosexual, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Their choice to awaken lifestyles in long island because it was once truly lived helped supply West aspect Story its unshakable experience of position whilst it recommend a imaginative and prescient of a brand new, full of life, determinedly multicultural American city.

Beautifully written and whole of surprises for even the main devoted West aspect Story fan, A position for Us is a revelatory new exploration of an American classic.


Show description

Read or Download A Place for Us: “West Side Story” and New York PDF

Best stage & theatre books

Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee

(Book). that includes greater than a hundred aggressive express choirs from round the usa in photographs, quotations, and tales, this edutainment-style e-book information the popular culture and theater impacts that, over the years, equipped this detailed leisure style into the mecca of tune fanatics that it's this day.

The Theatrical Event: Dynamics of Performance and Perception (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)

The Theatrical Event discusses the pursuits of theatre experiences via targeting the communicative come upon among performer and spectator—the theatrical occasion. A theatrical occasion contains the presentation of a functionality and the eye of an viewers; during this feel, each performance—on degree or on the street, ancient or contemporary—that is watched via an viewers is a theatrical occasion.

Columbus Indiana's Historic Crump Theatre (Landmarks)

No longer because the building of the Columbus courthouse had one guy and his imaginative and prescient acquired as a lot exposure from neighborhood newspapers as John Crump and his theater, designed and outfitted by way of architect Charles Sparrell in 1889. this can be the tale of the fervour, struggles and triumphs that created the 1st real cultural arts heart during this small city and the legacy that keeps to motivate the neighborhood over a century later to guard this neighborhood landmark.

SHAKARA: dance-hall queen

Shakara is 17 years-old and a college drop-out, who can not stand her terrible mom along with her “born-again” sister as squatters in a shanty, the place the one mom toils to elevate them together with her meager source of revenue from being nanny and leader labourer for Madam Kofo––a drug baroness and socialite within the urban that's cut up among the wealthy and the terrible.

Additional info for A Place for Us: “West Side Story” and New York

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.01 of 5 – based on 6 votes