The People's Republic of Romania The People's Socialist Republic of Albania  which re-aligned itself in the s away from the Soviet Union and towards the People's Republic of China Soviet-installed governments ruled the Eastern Bloc countries, with the exception of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslaviawhich retained its full independence. With the exception of a period of fascism in Spain until and Portugal until and a military dictatorship in Greece —democratic governments ruled these countries. Most of the nominally neutral states were economically closer to the United States than they were to the Warsaw Pact. He had built up the Eastern Bloc protective belt of Soviet controlled nations on his Western border,  and wanted to maintain this buffer zone of states combined with a weakened Germany under Soviet control.
He proposed that the plot focus on the conflict between an Irish Catholic family and a Jewish family living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the Easter— Passover season.
The girl has survived the Holocaust and emigrated from Israel; the conflict was to be centered around anti-Semitism of the Catholic "Jets" towards the Jewish "Emeralds" a name that made its way into the script as a reference. Bernstein wanted to present the material in operatic form, but Robbins and Laurents resisted the suggestion.
They described the project as "lyric theater", and Laurents wrote a first draft he called East Side Story. When he opted to drop out, the three men went their separate ways, and the piece was shelved for almost five years. Cain novel Serenade, about an opera singer who comes to the realization he is homosexual, and he invited Laurents to write the book.
Laurents accepted and suggested Bernstein and Robbins join the creative team. Robbins felt if the three were going to join forces, they should return to East Side Story, and Bernstein agreed. Sondheim auditioned by playing the score for Saturday Nighthis musical that was scheduled to open in the fall.
Laurents liked the lyrics but was not impressed with the music. Serenade ultimately was shelved. While in Hollywood, he contacted Bernstein, who was in town conducting at the Hollywood Bowl.
The two met at The Beverly Hills Hotel West side story speech, and the conversation turned to juvenile delinquent gangsa fairly recent social phenomenon that had received major coverage on the front pages of the morning newspapers due to a Chicano turf war.
The two contacted Robbins, who was enthusiastic about a musical with a Latin beat. He arrived in Hollywood to choreograph the dance sequences for The King and Iand he and Laurents began developing the musical while working on their respective projects, keeping in touch with Bernstein, who had returned to New York.
When the producer of The Painted Veil replaced Gardner with Eleanor Parker and asked Laurents to revise his script with her in mind, he backed out of the film, freeing him to devote all his time to the stage musical. Bernstein had decided he needed to concentrate solely on the music, and he and Robbins had invited Betty Comden and Adolph Green to write the lyrics, but the team opted to work on Peter Pan instead.
Laurents asked Sondheim if he would be interested in tackling the task. Initially he resisted, because he was determined to write the full score for his next project Saturday Night had been abortedbut Oscar Hammerstein convinced him that he would benefit from the experience, and he accepted.
Language posed a problem; four-letter curse words were uncommon in the theater at the time, and slang expressions were avoided for fear they would be dated by the time the production opened.
Laurents ultimately invented what sounded like real street talk but actually was not: With the help of Oscar Hammerstein, Laurents convinced Bernstein and Sondheim to move "One Hand, One Heart", which he considered too pristine for the balcony scene, to the scene set in the bridal shop, and as a result "Tonight" was written to replace it.
He was outvoted on other issues: Another song, "Kid Stuff", was added and quickly removed during the Washington, D. Just as Tony and Maria, our Romeo and Juliet, set themselves apart from the other kids by their love, so we have tried to set them even further apart by their language, their songs, their movement.
Wherever possible in the show, we have tried to heighten emotion or to articulate inarticulate adolescence through music, song or dance. Bernstein was despondent, but Sondheim convinced his friend Hal Princewho was in Boston overseeing the out-of-town tryout of the new George Abbott musical New Girl in Townto read the script.
He liked it but decided to ask Abbott, his longtime mentor, for his opinion, and Abbott advised him to turn it down. Prince, aware that Abbott was the primary reason New Girl was in trouble, decided to ignore him, and he and his producing partner Robert Griffith flew to New York to hear the score.
Robbins then announced he did not want to choreograph the show, but changed his mind when Prince agreed to an eight-week dance rehearsal period instead of the customary foursince there was to be more dancing in West Side Story than in any previous Broadway show,  and allowed Robbins to hire Peter Gennaro as his assistant.
Getting the work on stage was still not easy. Everyone told us that [West Side Story] was an impossible project And we were told no one was going to be able to sing augmented fourthsas with "Ma-ri-a"Your source for local news, sports, high school sports and weather in and around Jefferson City, Columbia, Fulton and the Lake of the Ozarks.
All of Mid-Missouri. The Iron Curtain was the name for the boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in until the end of the Cold War in The term symbolizes the efforts by the Soviet Union to block itself and its satellite states from open contact with the West and its allied states.
On the east side of the Iron Curtain were the countries that were connected to or. The Upper West Side, sometimes abbreviated UWS, is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West th Street..
Like the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is an affluent, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in commercial areas of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid s. Summaries. West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet".
The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Critical Mention Client Advisory.