West Side Story STILL Rocks!!!
Click on the link above to see the information of the current US tour, the cast, pictures, videos and a teaser.
This production has a supremely talented cast - the powerful, melodic singers dance and the athletic, graceful dancers sing. Choreography is outstanding and set design and lighting are stunning. The live orchestra - all eight of them - filled the Lied Center and enhanced the singers' vocalization. The original Broadway production opened in 1957 and the story line still rings true 57 years later - showing the conflict over skin color that is still prevalent in this country. The love story is a modern Romeo and Juliet situation - white guy Tony falls in love with Puerto Rican Maria - not approved by either of their friends. This production is not for kids - the adapatation is intended to be "grittier" and edgier than the original and it is. This is an adult production that doesn't sugar coat prejudice, police profiling, or the gang violence of the 50's (fists, knives and revolvers rather than automatic weapons). It is NOT recommended for those under 13 - unless they are the Gallagher kids (watch Shameless) because of the violence and sexual innuendo.
The first part of the first act caused my significant other to elbow me (I wasn't really asleep, sweetie), but after that, I was hooked, enthralled, mesmerized and saddened by the ending. This cast, except for the rotten cop and the owner of Doc's, are all young and I predict they will move from this tour to other major productions.
If you ever get a chance to see a live performance of West Side Story - go! You won't be disappointed.
The downer about this story is that we haven't seemed to learn anything about tolerance since 1957 - we have just changed the targets for our hatred and bigotry.
"Intolerance has become the curse of our country." - James Larkin
"Too ssmall is our world to allow discrimination, bigotry and intolerance to thrive in any corner of it, let alone in the United
States of America." - Elliot Engler
Powerful songs, stories, theatrical productions with messages can and do make reasonable people think good, positive thoughts. The current political situation both locally and nationally is an example of how we have deteriorated as a democracy. The recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign contributions really does let the one percenters buy elections in locations where they don't even live. Who paid Sarah Palin to endorse Ben Sasse (a better question is why should he want to be endorsed by her)?
We should all, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents should vote for the candidate who has the smallest election war chest - unfortunately, the first report doesn't have to be filed until April 14th with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
HOWEVER - here's a link to information about some of the US Senate campaign spending:
If you go to the OpenSecrets page, you can find out who is contributing to some of the senatorial candidates. VERY INTERESTING.
I have another suggestion - don't vote for ANY U.S. Senate or House of Representatives incumbent. Vote for someone who can not only spell compromise, but understands what it means.
I gotta quit reading the political news - it raises my blood pressure.
Next week - I truly will find something good to report.