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Thoughts On the West Side Story Trailer

Among the thousands of stories that have been written throughout humanity’s history, there is a reason that some have come down through the generations while others have been forgotten. Romeo and Juliet is one of these tales.

On Sunday, the trailer for the West Side Story reboot was released.

I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but this trailer is just what I need to entice me to see the movie when it comes out in December. The colors are bright and inviting. Director Steven Spielberg was wise enough to honor the original 1961 film via some of the visual aspects and hire Rita Moreno, who played Anita. Moreno singing “Somewhere” in the trailer is the perfect link between both adaptations.

If nothing else, the release of West Side Story is timely. Given what is going on in our country and our world these days, we need a reminder that love is possible, if we are willing to do the work.

West Side Story will be in theaters December 10th, 2021.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-GEE, ANTHONY FAUCI! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

If I had a time machine, I would go back to the beginning of the year. I would warn our political leaders that politics and personal gain would only amplify the havoc that Covid-19 causes. Science and logic is the only way to save lives and the economy. But I don’t have a time machine.

Randy Rainbow’s new video came out earlier today. It is entitled
GEE, ANTHONY FAUCI! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”.

I love this song and video. Based on “Gee, Officer Krupke” from the musical “West Side Story“, the song points out what we all know. Anthony Fauci is one of the only voices of sanity in the insane world of American politics that exists at the moment.

If the United States is to survive Covid-19, we need to listen to those who can lead us with a cool head and an understanding of what the American public needs. Instead, we have an immature, egotistical, used car salesman man-child leading us who only priority is number one.

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Flashback Friday-West Side Story (1961)

Among the many plots that writers have used across the centuries, one of the most common is forbidden love. One of the most famous stories of forbidden love is William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

In 1957, Romeo and Juliet was transformed into West Side Story. The warring Montague and Capulet families are taken out of 16th century Verona and placed in 1950’s New York City. Instead of two warring families, two gangs of young men, one white (The Jets) and one Puerto Rican (The Sharks) fight for territory. The play’s title characters are now Maria and Tony.

In 1961, West Side Story hit the big screen. Playing the iconic lovers are Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Trying to keep them apart is Maria’s brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris) and Tony’s best friend Riff (Russ Tamblyn).  Maria and Tony, like their previous incarnations are in love and must keep their love a secret. But when it is revealed, the consequences are devastating.

This movie and this musical is profound. It proves that love can conquer hate and prejudice. What makes it more profound is the bi-racial element of the plot, in both tension between the gangs and romantic relationship between the lead characters.  Especially in the years that led up to the civil rights movement.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

 

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