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.

 

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