LIVE: “West Side Story” @ Proctors, 8/18/11

August 29th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg
West Side Story @ Proctors Theater

On Thursday, August 18th, my parents took me to Proctors to see the afternoon show of “West Side Story.” The show was an updated version of the 1957 Broadway musical which was written by Arthur Laurents, dance choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with lyrics and music composed by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, respectively.

To give you some background as to how I found out about “West Side Story,” it was when I was in seventh grade music class, towards the end of the school year. We were learning about Broadway musicals. As a bit of a treat, since it was the end of the year, our music teacher said that we would be watching the 1961 movie of “West Side Story.” No one in class seemed too thrilled, but I figured I’d give it a chance.

After the 45 minutes of class was finished, I couldn’t wait to see more of the movie the next day. After three days of watching the movie, I really liked it and wanted to see the actual Broadway musical.

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LIVE: “West Side Story” @ Proctors, Schenectady, 8/16/11

August 19th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara
West Side Story @ Proctors Theater

The “West Side Story” on stage at Proctors in Schenectady this week is not your father’s (or grandfather’s) “West Side Story.” And that’s a good thing.

Things change.

Certainly Shakespeare’s almost indestructible tale of star-crossed lovers who can’t find happiness in a prejudiced world has endured countless permutations and interpretations over the years. One of which, of course, is “West Side Story,” which made its debut on Broadway more than a half century ago. So maybe it’s time to shake up “WSS,” too.

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