By Julia L. Foulkes
That imaginative and prescient of postwar ny is on the middle of Julia L. Foulkes’s A position for Us. A lifelong fan of the convey, Foulkes took an interest in its background while she made an unforeseen discovery: scenes for the long-lasting movie model have been shot at the demolition web site destined to turn into a part of the Lincoln heart redevelopment area—a crowning jewel of postwar city renewal. Foulkes interweaves the tale of the production of the musical and movie with the remaking of the higher West aspect and the bigger story of latest York’s postwar aspirations. Making unparalleled use of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s revelatory papers, she exhibits the an important position performed through the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow homosexual, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Their choice to awaken existence in manhattan because it used to be truly lived helped provide West part Story its unshakable experience of position while it recommend a imaginative and prescient of a brand new, lively, determinedly multicultural American city.
Beautifully written and entire of surprises for even the main devoted West aspect Story fan, A position for Us is a revelatory new exploration of an American classic.
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A Place for Us: “West Side Story” and New York by Julia L. Foulkes