Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I Am West Side Story

Although Olivia NJ looks adorable in the picture that advertises the "Which Movie Musical Are You" questionnaire on Playbuzz, it turns out I am West Side Story - Jets, Sharks, Tony, Maria, Anita, Riff and Bernardo etc.
Scenes from stage and film versions of West Side Story
"You are brave and dramatic. You stand up for your family and friends, no matter what the cost. You also know how to be independent and stand up for yourself."

Clearly a scientific questionnaire based on deep and clear biological/psychological/neurological criteria....


I inevitably think about West Side Story  on Christmas Eve when my family and I always watch White Christmas. George Chakiris (Bernardo) appears as one of the dancers, both at the Inn in Vermont (must be beautiful this time of year, all that Snow, snow, snow, snow) as well as appearing with George Clooney's auntie singing Love You Didn't Do Right By Me in New York. 
Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haines and George Chakiris as unnamed stalker
Apart from wondering how he managed to get there too (did he have a secret crush on Betty Haines? and followed her to the Carousel Club?) we always enjoy Betty's magnificent diamond-encrusted marigolds, the most unflattering gloves in show business.
Betty Haines at the Carousel with her top-of-the-range gloves
West Side Story, of course, was inspired by one of Shakespeare's tales and an excellent job Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents and Robbins did.
Natalie Wood as Maria and Rita Moreno as Anita in the film of West Side Story