Thank you for joining us at West Side Story!

We were able to end the 2013-2014 Broadway season at the Fox with a bang!  More than 400 local students came to the Fox to experience West Side Story on Sunday, March 9th, 2014.

We invite the students and teachers from the schools and organizations who joined us to give us your feedback on the show and your experience at the Fox. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the show and about your learning experience!  If you have any photos from the event, we’d love to see them.  Please email them to info@riversidefoxfoundation.org.

Hope you all enjoyed the show! Thank you for being a wonderful audience and we look forward to seeing you again at the Fox!

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West Side Story the Film

The film adaptation of West Side Story was released on October 18, 1961.  It was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins.   It stars Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Russ Tamblyn as Riff, Rita Moreno as Anita and George Chakiris as Bernardo.  It received praise from critics and the public, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture, as well as a special award for Robbins. West Side Story won more Academy Awards than any other musical film.

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS- Best Picture West Side Story

ACADEMY AWARDS
Best Picture, West Side Story
Best Supporting Actor, George Chakiris
Best Supporting Actress, Rita Moreno
Best Direction, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Best Cinematography, Color, Daniel L. Fapp
Best Art Direction, Color, Boris Leven (Art Direction), Victor Gangelin (Set Decoration)
Best Sound, Fred Hynes, Gordon Sawyer
Best Scoring of a Musical, Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
Best Editing, Thomas Stanford
Best Costumes, Color, Irene Sharaff
Special Award, Jerome Robbins for his brilliant achievement in the art of choreography

Also nominated:
Best Screenplay, Ernest Lehman

GRAMMY AWARDS
Best Soundtrack and Best Jazz Performance

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA
Best Written Musical, Ernest Lehman (for the adapted screenplay)

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
Best Film

LAUREL AWARDS 
Cinematography, Color, Daniel L. Fapp
Female Supporting Performance, Rita Moreno
Best Musical

1962 GOLD GLOBES
Best Motion Picture – Musical
Best Supporting Actor, George Chakiris
Best Supporting Actreess, Rita Moreno

DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise and Robert E. Relyea (assistant director)

Check out other places in movies and television where West Side Story is referred to: http://www.buzzfeed.com/maggiep18/15-times-west-side-story-made-good-things-better-h91t 

Romeo + Juliet = Tony + Maria

West Side Story is a modern day adaptation of the timeless classic Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Both are stories of two young “star-crossed” lovers whose lives are thwarted by doom and tragedy. Romeo and Juliet, and Tony and Maria strive to keep their blissful relationships alive but are deprived of opportunity to do so—the Renaissance couple by the concept of fate and the modern-day youngsters by the prejudice and hatred.

Check out the opening scenes of both films.  You can see similarities right from the beginning.

 

Jets VS Sharks

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American working-class group.

Male Jets

Riff: The quick-tempered but zany leader of the Jets.

Tony: The story’s leading man.  The former joint-leader of the Jets, gone straight. Riff’s best friend and Maria’s love interest.

Ice: The second-in-command of the Jets. (Ice was not part of the original stage production.  He was a character created for the movie, but has been adopted in later stage productions.)

Action: The most quick-tempered member of the Jets and always ready for a fight.

A-Rab: Best friends with Baby John.  He is slightly less quick tempered than Action.

Baby John: The youngest Jet who is beaten up during the opening sequence.  He is A-Rab’s best friend.

Other Jets: Snowboy, Joyboy, Big Deal, Tiger, Mouthpiece, Gee-Tar

Male Sharks

Bernardo: Maria’s brother and the leader of the Sharks.

Chino: Maria’s hot-tempered suitor and Bernardo’s best friend.

Pepe: The second-in-command of the Sharks.

Other Sharks: Indio, Loco, Jauno, Luiz, Rocco/Anxious, Toro, Nibbles/Del Campo, Chile

Female Jets

Grazielle: Riff’s girlfriend (Ice’s girlfriend in some productions).

Velma: Ice’s girlfriend (Riff’s girlfriend in some productions).

Minnie: Baby John’s girlfriend

Clarice: Action’s girlfriend

Pauline: A-Rab’s girlfriend

Anybodys: A tag-along tomboy who the guys exclude but is eventually accepted into the gang as the story progresses

Female Sharks

Maria: The story’s leading lady.  Bernardo’s sister and Tony’s love interest.

Anita: The saucy friend of Maria and girlfriend of Bernardo.

Rosalia: Indio’s girlfriend.

Consuela: Pepe’s girlfriend.

Other Sharks: Francisca, Teresita, Estella, Margarita

Find out which character you are by taking this quiz: http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/2pytx0M/What-West-Side-Story-character-are-you

Let us know your results in the comments!

The Original Production

Made for The Broadway Stage

West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the entire original Broadway production. The stage version of West Side Story opened in previews on August 20, 1957 in Washington D.C. The musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on September 26, 1957.

 The production ran for 732 performances at before touring and then returned to the Winter Garden Theatre in 1960 for another 253 performance engagement.

Creative minds behind the original Broadway production

Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Book by Arthur Laurents

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein with Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal

Lighting by Jean Rosenthal

Awards

Tony Awards:
Scenic Design – Oliver Smith
Choreography – Jerome Robbins

Also nominated:
Carol Lawrence, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Best Conductor/Musical Director, Max Goberman
Best Costume Design, Irene Sharaff

Students at Broadway: West Side Story

We are happy to announce our Students at Broadway participants for West Side Story: Norte Vista High School, La Sierra High School, Rubidoux High School, Riverside City College’s Gateway Program, Hillcrest High School, Cal Baptist University, Poly High School, Vista De Lago, Ramona High School, and Inspire (Youth Program), North High School, Villegas Middle School, Youth Opportunity Center (Youth Program) Sherman Indian High School, and Vision Community Day School.

If you are a student/member at one of these schools/organizations and are planning on seeing the show, stick around for more posts where you can learn more about the show and interact with us and other students. We hope all of you can participate!

West Side Story at the Fox

West Side Story is an American musical with a book written by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The musical was  inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s.  The musical showcases the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are originally from the island of  Puerto Rico and their rivals are the Jets, who come from a Polish-American working-class background . The male protagonist, Tony, the ex-leader of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, who is the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The musical is full of sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, twist of events and a focus on social inner city problems.

West Side Story comes to the Fox Performing Arts Center on March 9th.  Tickets are available at the Fox Box Office or on www.foxriversidelive.com.