Hello My Name Is....
Jazz Harlem Lincoln Center

The Jets and the Sharks Our Story (and Central Park Film Festival)

In March, I finished a last minute group tour in time to attend a book signing of The Jets and the Sharks: Our Story at one of the great remaining independent NYC Book stores: The Drama Book Shop . I love book signings and I couldn't resist buying the book because well I love the film of West Side Story. In another post I wrote about Leonard Bernstein, the composer of West Side Story, and one of my all time New York City heros. 

The Jets and the Sharks Our story focuses on the dancers - how they got cast, the experience of making the film and how the film affected their later lives and careers. Each writer also talks about their relationship to  the great choreographer Jerome Robbins. They thought the world of him. There is no mention of his testimony during the McCarthy hearings but perhaps that is because  at that time these dancers were really young kids who were busy taking dance lessons and not home watching that relatively new invention TV.In fact, they had probably never heard of Robbins then.

The book probably needs an editor but each person's story does give a different point of view about many of the same events. I need to see the film again with this new knowledge of the dancers' experiences.

While the Central Park Film festival is not until late in August, now (June) is the time to vote for the films you want to see. Please vote for West Side Story! Many of the opening NYC shots were filmed near the Park where Lincoln Center is now.


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)