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

By Julia L. Foulkes

ISBN-10: 022630180X

ISBN-13: 9780226301808

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

That imaginative and prescient of postwar ny is on the middle of Julia L. Foulkes’s A position for Us. A lifelong fan of the express, Foulkes got interested in its historical past whilst she made an unforeseen discovery: scenes for the long-lasting movie model have been shot at the demolition website destined to turn into a part of the Lincoln middle redevelopment area—a crowning jewel of postwar city renewal. Foulkes interweaves the tale of the production of the musical and movie with the remaking of the higher West facet and the bigger story of recent York’s postwar aspirations. Making extraordinary use of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s revelatory papers, she exhibits the the most important function performed through the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow homosexual, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Their selection to awaken lifestyles in ny because it was once really lived helped supply West facet Story its unshakable feel of position while it recommend a imaginative and prescient of a brand new, lively, determinedly multicultural American city.

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


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