May 8 2004
Free WEST SIDE STORY Screening at the TriBeCa Film Festival.
Date: Sat., May 8
Time: 8 PM
Location: Pier 25 at the Hudson River and North Moore Street (NYC)
Tickets are free and will be available beginning tomorrow at the TriBeCa
Film Festival box office (20 Harrison Street...near Hudson Street)
4/1/2004 -- -- 'West Side Story' is performed 1,500 metres up on a mountain in the Austrian Alps in Bregenz / Lech Am Arlberg, Austria.
While the Bregenz Festival Floating Stage lies deep in hibernation, 'West Side Story' has received a special mid-winter premiere: an abridged version of Bernstein¹s musical was performed yesterday 1,500 metres up on a mountain in the Austrian Alps in the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg. The record production returns to Lake Constance for a second season next summer.
New acclaimed production of West Side Story to tour Germany.
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The Bregenz Festival is presenting Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story on the Floating Stage in 2003 and 2004. Bernstein’s moving love story thus follows on from the highly popular La Bohème which was mounted on the Floating Stage this summer. West Side Story will be directed by the American Francesca Zambello, and her partner, George Tsypin, will design the set for the largest floating stage in the world. Musical director Wayne Marshall will conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
With the gripping love story of Tony and Maria, Leonard Bernstein created a new and unique form of music theatre. The work’s world premiere in 1957 in New York’s Winter Garden Theater was a run-away success, leading to 733 sold-out performances there. The musical then began its triumphal procession around the globe. The Bregenz Festival will be presenting West Side Story in a German translation by Marcel Prawy, with the dialogues in German but with the songs in the original English version. Bernstein based his work on Arthur Laurents’ book with the same title. The texts to the songs are from the pen of Stephen Sondheim: the classics "I want to be in America" and "Maria" are perhaps the best-known numbers in the score. The Bregenz Festival has staged the ever-green musical on its Floating Stage once before, in 1981.
Over four hundred people from all over the world - soloists, extras, dancers and choruses, and members of the Vienna Symphony – will be taking part in the summer 2003 production, which promises to provide unforgettable evenings for many visitors. Francesca Zambello, who will be directing West Side Story, directed the opera Of Mice and Men at last summer’s Bregenz Festival; her Festival Opera House production of Carlisle Floyd’s work was a critical and popular success. West Side Story will be her first production on the Floating Stage. Zambello has won many awards for her directorial work, receiving the respected Laurence Olivier Award of the London Society of Theatres three times already. Her next production will be Richard Wagner’s Flying Dutchman at Bordeaux, followed by Boris Godunov in Toronto and Lady Macbeth in Sydney Opera House.
Set designer George Tsypin will be making his first Bregenz Festival appearance with West Side Story. Born in Russia but resident in New York, Tsypin has worked at many of the world’s great opera houses and festivals as well as on Broadway. He is responsible for the sets in the current production of War and Peace at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Previously he has worked at La Scala Milan, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, and at the Salzburg Festival. The choreography for West Side Story will be created by Richard Wherlock.
Bregenz Festival audiences will already be familiar with music director Wayne Marshall, who is to conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in summer 2003. He last appeared at Bregenz two years ago with an acclaimed performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the Festival Opera House. He is offering a foretaste of the 2003 Floating Stage production this year, when he conducts the Vienna Symphony in a performance of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story at the Festival Opera House.
The premiere of West Side Story on the Bregenz Floating Stage is on 17 July 2003. Further performnaces are scheduled for July 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30 and August 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2003.
More information and tickets to all Bregenz Festival performances are available on tel. 0043 (0)5574 407-6 and www.bregenzerfestspiele.com.
The West Side Story movie quiz contest is over and the winners have been notified via e-mail.
West Side Story Special Edition DVD Collector’s Set
Available for a limited time starting April 1, 2003.
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The two-disc set features
exclusive footage of Natalie Wood’s original recording of “I Feel Pretty,” which was later
replaced with Marni Nixon’s voice in the final version of the film. During a new hour-long
“West Side Memories” documentary, the DVD offers insight into the making of West Side Story
and features new cast and crew interviews. The DVD also includes a gallery of approximately
230 stills, featuring never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photos, production design snapshots
and storyboard sketches, and provides an animated storyboard to film comparison. Viewers can
play the fully remastered film with or without the original orchestral intermission, which has
been remixed and remastered in 5.1 stereo surround, and can watch the original theatrical trailers.
The boxed set also boasts a collectible scrapbook,
featuring an introduction and autograph by Oscar-winning screenwriter Ernest Lehman,
a complete working script with revision pages and song lyrics, rare never-before-seen photos,
letters from director Robert Wise, a reproduction of the original lobby brochure, a historical
timeline and film reviews from 1961.
In addition, MGM Home Entertainment’s West Side Story returns for an encore performance as
a national Sing-A-Long Tour in celebration of the April 1st debut of a two-disc Special Edition DVD Collector’s Set.
From March 27 through April 11, the West Side Story Sing-A-Long Tour will travel to San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago,
Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto.
Fans will receive free tickets prior to and on the day of the screening and are encouraged to dress up
as their favorite characters from the movie. Each event attendee will receive an interactive goodie bag
filled with props that they can use during the screening.
Tour dates are as follows:
Date: Thursday, March 27
Venue: Castro Theatre - 129 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Time: 7:30 PM or 8 PM
Date: Friday, March 28
Venue: Angelika Film Center - Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206
Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Tuesday, April 1 (and a one-week run beginning April 18)
Venue: Music Box Theatre - 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Wednesday, April 2
Venue: Lefont Garden Hills Cinema - 2835 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
Time: 7 PM
Date: Thursday, April 3
Venue: Sunrise Cinemas at Las Olas Riverfront - 300 SW First Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Monday, April 7
Venue: Coolidge Corner Cinema - 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Time: 5:30 PM
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Venue: Ritz East - 125 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Friday, April 11
Venue: Royal Cinema - 608 College Street, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 7:30 PM
February 23, 2003
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