West Side Story revival?

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West Side Story revival?#401
Posted: 9/8/19 at 10:30am
I am also a fan of the marketing. Wish I had gotten a mailer West Side Story revival? I also never got one for The Inheritance

Not sure why I’m suddenly not getting these mailers, they used to come all the time
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West Side Story revival?#402
Posted: 9/8/19 at 12:10pm
I mean it looks like any fashion ad ever. American apparel had that same blank look.
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West Side Story revival?#403
Posted: 9/8/19 at 1:06pm
I don’t think I’ve ever been less excited for a revival for a show that I love.
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West Side Story revival?#404
Posted: 9/8/19 at 1:29pm
I just feel like we are going to get a big blank show. White/tan/grey color palette. Lots of open space and like brick walls but no actual sets etc. I just feel like it’s going to be so “artsy” to the point of boring.
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West Side Story revival?#405
Posted: 9/8/19 at 2:55pm

SouthernCakes said: "I just feel like we are going to get a big blank show. White/tan/grey color palette. Lots of open space and like brick walls but no actual sets etc. I just feel like it’s going to be so “artsy” to the point of boring. "

I couldn’t agree more with this. Of course, I rather be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not expecting much. 

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West Side Story revival?#406
Posted: 9/8/19 at 3:30pm

SouthernCakes said: "I just feel like we are going to get a big blank show. White/tan/grey color palette. Lots of open space and like brick walls but no actual sets etc. I just feel like it’s going to be so “artsy” to the point of boring. "

I don’t know if it will be boring, but there will be several new elements not implemented in any prior productions. 

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West Side Story revival?#407
Posted: 9/8/19 at 3:42pm

What elements? 

"It’s the fractured quality in [Bernadette Peters'] singing voice and line readings that puts across the character as someone for whom resentment is sliding into madness." - NYtimes on Follies (2011).
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West Side Story revival?#408
Posted: 9/8/19 at 4:49pm
The brand new choreography and orchestrations will be a major change. Right now, Tunick and Gemignani’s involvement is the only saving grace for me.
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West Side Story revival?#409
Posted: 9/8/19 at 9:52pm

Now about those pull quotes... Are they from the original production?

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West Side Story revival?#410
Posted: 9/9/19 at 11:12am

I heard a rumor it's gonna be 2 hours with no intermission and "I Feel Pretty" is being cut. I don't know how true these rumors are.

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West Side Story revival?#411
Posted: 9/9/19 at 2:26pm

Looking at the mailer. I count 36 photos of men. No women in this production?

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West Side Story revival?#412
Posted: 9/9/19 at 3:37pm

InTheBathroom1 said: "I heard a rumor it's gonna be 2 hours with no intermission and "I Feel Pretty" is being cut. I don't know how true these rumors are."

Sondheim, famously, hates that song. He's wrong to hate it, but he does.

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West Side Story revival?#413
Posted: 9/9/19 at 5:28pm

ljay889 said: "The brand new choreography and orchestrations will be a major change. Right now, Tunick and Gemignani’s involvement is the only saving grace for me."

Ummm..excuse me?  new Orchestrations??? Yeesh, I was already trepidatious about this revival.  Are they trying to pull an OKLAHOMA! on this, musically speaking?

Tunick and Gemignani are geniuses (and I always have full faith in them), but why was it even a discussion to touch a single note of that score?

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Posted: 9/9/19 at 5:48pm
Not even in my top 20 favorites. But the act break happens at a pretty big moment. I just wonder what momentum there would be in cutting the intermission?
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Posted: 9/9/19 at 6:35pm
I got the mailer as well. My Roommate asked me if it was a gay version of the show because of the large picture of the guy with the lock on his neck.
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West Side Story revival?#416
Posted: 9/9/19 at 11:47pm

there is also a credited video designer on the show...

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Posted: 9/10/19 at 12:14am
As long as I get a big dance-y Dance At The Gym and America, I'm fine.
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West Side Story revival?#418
Posted: 9/10/19 at 12:21am

Just want to throw out there that in my (20 something, left leaning) theatre social circles, online and IRL, everyone is pretty disappointed and many are disgusted with Amar's casting. Not angry enough to take to social media and instagram comments necessarily, but enough to pass on this revival. Thaaaat being said, a lot of these people aren't in New York and don't really have $100 laying around for tickets anyway. If given the opportunity to see the show, they would not take it specifically because of him. Maybe you would, that's fine. Lol. So yeah people are mad but not the people who are going to impact the production enough to change the casting.

edit: just realized the discussion about his casting on this thread is from July.... late to the party

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West Side Story revival?#419
Posted: 9/10/19 at 7:26am

“I don’t know if it will be boring, but there will be several new elements not implemented in any prior productions."

Well hopefully they’ve found a way to incorporate a 2000 pound gorilla puppet for starters

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West Side Story revival?#420
Posted: 9/10/19 at 9:03am

Oy. Are we going to have to endure months more of this pearl clutching?

If you don't like the idea of an Ivo West Side, then don't go. There are productions of this at major regionals nearly every year. And they're usually all just recreating the original concept with contemporary edge. It ain't the only - or the last - one.

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Posted: 9/10/19 at 10:18am

Did anyone see this Vulture profile with Ivo?  https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/ivo-van-hove-west-side-story-broadway.html

What interested you about a revival of West Side Story?
American theater and playwrights and authors have always interested me. It’s the same with music: jazz, the minimal music that came from America, these are all a huge source of inspiration to me. I think, when you look at [West Side Story], it’s written in a very direct way without beautifying things. It’s about young people abandoned. And then I thought, Well, there’s this beautiful score by Leonard Bernstein, which is just really a masterpiece. It gets the vibration and the feelings of the city but also of the desperate situation these young people are in — and their dreams, like in “Somewhere.” It’s an amazing story about contemporary life, about young people who get stuck in a cycle of violence. It talks about violence in the pure sense of the word. It doesn’t talk about where the violence comes from, where it goes to — it shows you the raw piece of meat.

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West Side Story revival?#422
Posted: 9/10/19 at 1:06pm

BJR said: "Oy. Are we going to have to endure months more of this pearl clutching?

If you don't like the idea of an Ivo West Side, then don't go. There are productions of this at major regionals nearly every year. And they're usually all just recreating the original concept with contemporary edge. It ain't the only - or the last - one.
"

Or, you know, just scroll by our comments and keep living your life. We can have any opinion we want regarding this doomed production. If they want to make it cool and edgy, whatever. But, if they start changing the text and cutting songs? It will be a bigger bomb that Carousel, and that was really, really terrible.

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Posted: 9/14/19 at 6:53pm
There will be LOTS of video in the show and also a lot of rain on stage. That’s all I’ve managed to get out of my friend working on it so far.
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West Side Story revival?#424
Posted: 9/14/19 at 9:22pm
Will the rain be blood??!
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West Side Story revival?#425
Posted: 9/14/19 at 9:53pm

Dolly80 said: "There will be LOTS of video in the show and also a lot of rain on stage. That’s all I’ve managed to get out of my friend working on it so far."

The rain is particularly odd, as there was no storm in the Laurents script. May work, though.


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