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The “West Facet Story” Story — Fairly A lot Pop: A Tradition Podcast #114


Did it make sense for Steven Spielberg to remake considered one of our nation’s most beloved musicals (with music by Bernstein and Sondheim!), trying to repair the elements that didn’t age properly politically? Is the brand new model a contemporary traditional or a doomed Frankenstein?

Your host Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Broadway scholar, theater critic, and actor Ron Fassler; Remakes, Reboots, and Revivals co-host Nicole Pometti; and Broadway actor and long-time PEL pal BIll Youmans.

Ron regales us with info in regards to the unique 1957 musical and the 1961 acclaimed movie model. We take into account the alternatives for the brand new movie in filming, choreography, casting, and the way the script was utterly rewritten by playwright Tony Kushner with a lot of session with the Puerto Rican neighborhood to make sure that the representational errors of the older variations had been corrected. Additionally, why is that this not doing so properly on the field workplace, and what does this imply?

We additionally contact on different current film musicals together with Within the Heights and Cats, and take into consideration normally how genres and tropes widespread prior to now are faring at present.

A number of the articles we thought of in making ready for this episode included:

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