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A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York From its Broadway debut to the Oscar winning film to countless amateur productions, West Side Story is nothing less than an American touchstone an updating of Shakespeare located in a vividly realized, rapidly changing postwar New York That vision of postwar New York is at the heart of Julia L Foulkes s A Place for Us A lifelong fan of the show, Foulkes became interested in its history when she made an unexpected discovery parts of the iconic film version were shot on the demolition site of what would ultimately be part of the Lincoln Center redevelopment a crowning jewel of postwar urban renewal Foulkes interweaves the story of the creation of the musical and film with the remaking of the Upper West Side and the larger tale of New York s postwar aspirations Making unprecedented use of Jerome Robbins s revelatory papers, she shows the crucial role played by the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow gay, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents their determination to evoke life in New York as it was actually lived helped give West Side Story its unshakable sense of place even as it put forward a vision of a new, vigorous, determinedly multicultural American city Beautifully written and full of surprises for even the most dedicated West Side Story fan, A Place for Us is a powerful new exploration of an American classic


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6 thoughts on “A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York

  1. says:

    do not want, ordered by mistake


  2. says:

    This book, like the play itself, comes at the perfect moment in history Make no mistake without West Side Story, there might not be a Hamilton WWS broke ground on Broadway and around the world, bringing critical social issues to audiences through its own unique lens A Place for Us makes it clear that this production was no walk on the beach Through meticulous investigation, it exposes the struggle to create and produce this play struggles between the brilliantly talented but often tormented creators, struggles between them and the Broadway hegemony, and struggles between the ethnic groups that vied for their place in America Foulkes book offers a wealth of new insights about the play and its place in the Broadway pantheon Lovers of theater, lovers of West Side Story and lovers of thorough historical documentation will all enjoy this eminently readable book.


  3. says:

    Great book I read a lot of nonfiction and too often find that authors schlep when they should zing, pan out when they need to zoom in and digress for needs other than advancing the reader s understanding This book is tight, insightful and sensitive of readers needs for shifting, but not drifting, focus Many historical pix to further liven up the read.


  4. says:

    I consider myself a bit of a theatre geek I certainly thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about West Side Story Well I didn t Certainly not from the perspective of this terrific book Foulkes goes WAY behind the scenes delving into the social and economic climate that, literally, became the earth within which this work of art grew It covers the time from the first germ of an idea really from before the first germ of an idea through its theatrical run to the film and all that ensued after Right up to the present day It discusses world wide political influences on West Side Story throughout its life on stage and screen as well as influences West Side Story has had on the world in all sorts of political and artistic ways A fascinating, informative read I kept emailing texting calling friends all of whom are theatre geeks to say did you know There are countless moments in this book no one knew Having the opportunity to see this entire theatrical creation through the lens of history was right up my own personal alley Heaven.


  5. says:

    Perfect text for teaching dance history Timely, with the 100 anniversary of birth of Jerome Robbins.


  6. says:

    My husband requested this book, since he is an avid West Side Story fan But he didn t like it, or specifically, didn t learn anything new from it


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