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By Julia L. Foulkes

From its Broadway debut to the Oscar-winning movie to numerous beginner productions, West part Story is not anything lower than an American touchstone—an updating of Shakespeare vividly discovered in a quickly altering postwar New York.

That imaginative and prescient of postwar big apple is on the middle of Julia L. Foulkes’s A position for Us. A lifelong fan of the convey, Foulkes took an interest in its background whilst she made an unforeseen discovery: scenes for the long-lasting movie model have been shot at the demolition website destined to develop 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 aspect and the bigger story of recent York’s postwar aspirations. Making remarkable use of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s revelatory papers, she indicates the the most important function performed by means of the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow homosexual, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Their selection to awaken lifestyles in manhattan because it used to be truly lived helped provide West part Story its unshakable experience of position whilst it recommend a imaginative and prescient of a brand new, full of life, determinedly multicultural American city.

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


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