West Side Story

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Kent State Axes West Side Story Over Casting Outrage

Roles portraying Puerto Ricans were given to non-Latino students

(Newser) - The Sharks and the Jets will not be rumbling at Kent State this fall. The university canceled an upcoming production of West Side Story because too many leading roles went to white and non-Latino actors, Fox reports. The decision was made after a campuswide town hall meeting last month that... More »

Melissa McCarthy Transforms Into Sean Spicer in Promo

To a song from 'West Side Story'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has said Melissa McCarthy could "dial it back a bit" when she portrays him on Saturday Night Live, but from the latest promo, it doesn't appear the actress will be taking the White House press secretary's suggestion—though she does show a softer, more show-tuney... More »

West Side Story Playwright Dead at 93

Arthur Laurents enjoyed success as playwright, director, screenwriter

(Newser) - Arthur Laurents, writer of landmark Broadway musicals including West Side Story and Gypsy, has died at his Manhattan home at the age of 93. Laurents' career as a playwright spanned seven decades. He also enjoyed success as a director and as screenwriter of movie classics including Rope and The Way ... More »

Sondheim: West Side Story Lyrics 'Embarrassing'

He should know ... he wrote them

(Newser) - When Stephen Sondheim thinks about the lyrics he wrote for West Side Story—for example, “It’s alarming how charming I feel”—he likes to “put my head under my wing and pretend I’m not there,” he tells Nightline . The universally beloved musical “embarrasses... More »

New Bilingual West Side Story Tender, Uneven

Production can be uneven, but still enjoyable

(Newser) - The highly anticipated revival of West Side Story on Broadway opened last night to solid reviews, with critics applauding an unusually tender interpretation in which the women rule. Highlights:
  • “Even when they’re flashing switchblades and kicking people in the ribs, the teenage hoodlums who maraud through Arthur Laurents’
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25 Memorable Movie Musicals

Hits to keep the rain off your parade

(Newser) - With Sweeney Todd now out on DVD, Entertainment Weekly rounds up the mag's 25 favorite movie musicals. Some you've surely seen (West Side Story, Grease, the Sound of Music) but here are 10 you may have missed.
  1. Funny Girl (1968)
  2. Swing Time (1936)
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