To cover for Tony, Maria has Anita tell him that Maria is detained from meeting him. Only to be greeted by racism and bigotry when they got to the mainland. Sounds pretty basic, not to mention we have dancing gangs, they don't really fight, they just dance, yeah again sissy, but not in this story! Still, Wood and Beymer commit themselves 100% and manage to create a credible, if not charismatic, love duet that doesn't get in harm's way. Let it be noted that the film musical, the one dramatic form that is purely American and purely Hollywood, has never been done better. That, even in this musical I loved, there was something that felt off.
Tony arrives and he and Maria fall in love. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. The producers were not considering her for the role of Maria at that time. In sum, a bidding war for the award-winning actress never occurred here from what we know. West Side Story is a movie that has no flaws what so ever and anyone who wants to argue me on that, feel free to send me a message. The educationally-appropriate videos highlight students from all over the world under the supervision of Jerome Robbins expert Julio Monge.
Maria waits for Tony on the rooftop of her apartment building when her fiancé Chino arrives and tells her what happened. Beymer's vocals were performed by. Since he had no experience directing a musical, Wise agreed that , who had directed the stage version of West Side Story, would direct the musical and dance sequences. Well, aside from the excellent remastered sound and historical liner notes about the film and soundtrack production, it has four tracks designated as previously unreleased. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. I love the original movie so much.
Which is in large part why, when the time came to cast, there were so few bankable Puerto Ricans to take on these lead roles. Hiring those actors consistently creates bankable stars among them. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. Maria confirms her love for him and asks Tony to stay with her. But over the years, I have grown accustomed to Wood. Because of it's high energy, great actors, terrific songs, awesome dance numbers, and beautiful love story. Bernardo arrives and takes her to the dance.
When Anita reaches Doc's, the Jets harass her, until Doc intervenes. And nowhere will you find a more dynamic, better-crafted musical that arguably surpasses its Broadway stage predecessor from overture to finale. In fact, the cast as a whole is superb. In such a situation, when casting a production in an educational setting, it is beneficial to assign roles to actors who can most succeed at portraying the character. The slight differences in West Side Story School Edition include: In conjunction with the Jerome Robbins' estate, the choreography has been modified from the original to make it more accessible to high school performers while keeping the choreography's original story-telling intact.
Now, the original musical was created by Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim —all white, Jewish dudes. The Jets have reassembled outside a garage, with their new leader, Ice, having them focus on reacting to the police. Bernardo's younger sister, Maria, tells her best friend and Bernardo's girlfriend, Anita, how excited she is about the dance. Rachel Zegler, a high-school student, is set to play Maria and has been cast as Tony. The Director's Guide includes suggestions and solutions for sets, props, costumes, staging and more. So I'm one person who has gotten off the Natalie Wood-bashing wagon. Spielberg has already cast Rita Moreno as Valentina, a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.
Tony and Maria see each other, become infatuated, almost going into a trance-like state and begin to dance, then embrace in a kiss. Wand was also ill on the day of final recording, and so Nixon recorded Anita's vocal line as well. After a brawl erupts, Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke arrive and break it up. Nowhere will you thrill to a more exhilarating, passionate, full-throttled score Leonard Bernstein, with Stephen Sondheim providing the libretto. Casting Might-Have-Beens: A Film by Film Directory of Actors Considered for Roles Given to Others. Broadway veteran Ariana DeBose has been cast as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo. The remaining dance numbers were directed with the help of Robbins' assistants.
Portraying the Sharks are , , , and. The blandness of Richard Beymer works wonders for his Tony and Russ Tamblyn is a dynamo of youthful exuberance. George Chakiris Bernardo , a American of Greek descent, was playing a Puerto Rican role. Anita declares that Bernardo was right about them and that Chino killed Maria. The next day at the bridal shop, Maria sings to her coworkers about how happy she is. This movie poignantly if simplistically explores the purity of first love, while tackling intolerance and racism head-on, avoiding the tired, politically correct clichés that movies of today too often wallow in.