Tuesday, September 02, 2008

indulging my inner musical theater geek

I'm working on a new screenplay, an updated, hip-hop reworking of Romeo and Juliet based in present-day Los Angeles. A big part of my research involves dissecting West Side Story, the best musical ever. I stumbled into an amazing video on YouTube - a historic rehearsal of the 2007 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition, one of Broadway's most celebrated fund raising events. One of the dancers posted the video of this rehearsal and wrote this:

They flew from all over the country 22 cast members of the Original 1957 Production and put together with young Broadway Gypsies a historical Opening Number. This is the rehearsal at AEA audition auditorium on 12/16/2007 where the Young Broadway generation performs snipits of the legendary Jerrome Robins Choreography, and the original cast members join to creat one of the most moving and thrilling opening numbers of BC/EFA.

By the time they started singing "Tonight", I was a blubbering mess. Seriously.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I'm with you...Cried like a baby. Embarrassing! I was a theater major in college and fell in love with West Side when I played Anita in a HS production.