West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American by Elizabeth A. Wells

By Elizabeth A. Wells

In West part tale: Cultural views on an American Musical, Wells offers a tremendous scholarly examine of the recognized American musical West part Story, viewing the paintings from cultural, ancient, and musical views. From the "mambo craze" of the Nineteen Fifties to the work's ongoing permeation of pop culture, Wells appears on the myriad ways that this canonic musical displays and refracts American tradition.

Drawing on fundamental documentary assets, oral history—including interviews with contributors of the unique artistic workforce equivalent to Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents—and early comic strip fabric, Wells explores the construction and dissemination of
West part Story to different audiences. After a brief background of West aspect Story's construction, every one bankruptcy investigates the musical from a unique cultural viewpoint, interpreting its dating to the classical canon and Leonard Bernstein's funding in that culture, juvenile delinquency within the Fifties, feminism and the ladies of West part Story, Latin-American and Hispanic impacts, and its foreign reception and distribution. Richly illustrated with photos and musical examples and entire with genuine appendixes like a chronological timeline, discography, and solid and team checklist, this attention-grabbing account is interesting for experts and non-specialists alike.

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