By Elizabeth A. Wells
Drawing on basic documentary resources, oral history—including interviews with individuals of the unique inventive staff akin to Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents—and early comic strip fabric, Wells explores the production and dissemination of West aspect Story to assorted audiences. After a brief heritage of West aspect Story's production, every one bankruptcy investigates the musical from a unique cultural point of view, studying its courting to the classical canon and Leonard Bernstein's funding in that culture, juvenile delinquency within the Fifties, feminism and the ladies of West aspect Story, Latin-American and Hispanic affects, and its overseas reception and distribution. Richly illustrated with pictures and musical examples and entire with authentic appendixes like a chronological timeline, discography, and solid and workforce checklist, this attention-grabbing account is intriguing for experts and non-specialists alike.
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West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical by Elizabeth A. Wells