Sunday, August 15, 2010
Movie Meme Day 15 - Best musical
There have been quite a few posts about musicals in the past few months. Monday Musicals will return in a few weeks to be sure. This post requirement is a bit strange, it doesn't say "Favorite" musical, it says "Best" musical. Musicals have held fast to a format over many decades, though the successful ones continue to evolve in small ways to adapt to their own time. The best musical, in my opinion of course, is West Side Story. Taking the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, bringing it to New York City, and rather than having two families fighting, it's rival gangs of poor white Americans and poor immigrant Puerto Ricans. The Jets and the Sharks fight over territory and attempt to stay out of trouble and stay away from the police. Put to the music of Leonard Berstein, with the longest and best Overture among musicals, it's gorgeous music, that has amazing lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. You can't beat that. Here's a scene I love. Enjoy.
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