He gave the ensemble more freedom than West side story dancers had previously been given to interpret their roles, and the dancers were thrilled to be treated like actors instead of just choreographed bodies.
Robbins felt if the three were going to join forces, they should return to East Side Story, and Bernstein agreed. He proposed that the plot focus on the conflict between an Irish Catholic family and a Jewish family living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the Easter— Passover season.
He liked it but decided to ask Abbott, his longtime mentor, for his opinion, and Abbott advised him to turn it down. Later, as Maria dances on West side story roof happily because she has seen Tony and believes he went to stop the rumble, Chino brings the news that Tony has killed Bernardo.
With the help of Oscar Hammerstein, Laurents convinced Bernstein and Sondheim to move "One Hand, One Heart", which he considered too pristine for the balcony scene, to the scene set in the bridal shop, and as a result "Tonight" was written to replace it.
Tony stabs Bernardo in the Broadway production. However, she is unable to bring herself to fire the gun and drops it, crying in grief. When the producer of The Painted Veil replaced Gardner with Eleanor Parker and asked Laurents to revise his script with her in mind, he backed out of the film, freeing him to devote all his time to the stage musical.
Everyone told us that [West Side Story] was an impossible project The next day, Maria is in a very happy mood at the bridal shop, as she anticipates seeing Tony again. Though Bernardo taunts and provokes Tony, ridiculing his attempt to make peace, Tony keeps his composure.
And we West side story told no one was going to be able to sing augmented fourthsas with "Ma-ri-a" She appears on her fire escape, and the two profess their love for one another " Tonight ". Riff helps them let out their aggression "Cool".
Doc relates the news to Tony, who has been dreaming of heading to the countryside to have children with Maria. Schrank to stop fighting on their beat. Doc arrives and stops them.
Language posed a problem; four-letter curse words were uncommon in the theater at the time, and slang expressions were avoided for fear they would be dated by the time the production opened. Maria flees to her bedroom, praying that Chino is lying. Bernstein was despondent, but Sondheim convinced his friend Hal Princewho was in Boston overseeing the out-of-town tryout of the new George Abbott musical New Girl in Townto read the script.
Prince, aware that Abbott was the primary reason New Girl was in trouble, decided to ignore him, and he and his producing partner Robert Griffith flew to New York to hear the score. Doc is worried for them while Tony is convinced that nothing can go wrong; he is in love.
Serenade ultimately was shelved. As a result, by opening night on Broadway, none of his collaborators were talking to him. Feeling there is no longer anything to live for, Tony leaves to find Chino, begging for him to shoot him as well.
The two draw their switchblades and get in a fight "The Rumble". They plan to run away together. This is followed by a monologue by the ineffective Lt. Just as Tony sees Maria alive, Chino arrives and shoots Tony.
Laurents asked Sondheim if he would be interested in tackling the task. They described the project as "lyric theater", and Laurents wrote a first draft he called East Side Story.
The gang separates to find Tony. His painted backdrops were stunning, but the sets were, for the most part, either shabby looking or too stylized.
He was outvoted on other issues: Robbins then announced he did not want to choreograph the show, but changed his mind when Prince agreed to an eight-week dance rehearsal period instead of the customary foursince there was to be more dancing in West Side Story than in any previous Broadway show,  and allowed Robbins to hire Peter Gennaro as his assistant.
Prince refused to spend money on new construction, and Smith was obliged to improve what he had as best he could with very little money to do it. Some of the Jets are unsure of his loyalty, but Riff is adamant that Tony is still one of them "Jet Song".
Schrank trying to find out the location of the rumble. Tony initially refuses, but Riff wins him over. Maria holds Tony in her arms and sings a quiet, brief reprise of "Somewhere" as he dies. Robbins kept the cast members playing the Sharks and the Jets separate in order to discourage them from socializing with each other and reminded everyone of the reality of gang violence by posting news stories on the bulletin board backstage.
Anita is furious, and in anger spitefully delivers the wrong message, telling the Jets that Chino has shot Maria dead. When he opted to drop out, the three men went their separate ways, and the piece was shelved for almost five years.
Riff wants to convince his friend and former member of the Jets, Tony, to meet the Jets at the dance.WEST SIDE STORY West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.
The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. It's and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side.
When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. West Side Story is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for 94%(65).
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It is so good that superlatives are superfluous. Let it be noted that the film musical, the one dramatic. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.
Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen .Download