Thursday, 9 December 2021

West Side Story


 Anon may be sickened with this fact but I’ve just booked tickets to me and a friend to go and see West Side Story on Sunday. 
What a fucking extravagance ! 
What with me pleading poverty only yesterday with only one ten of beans to my name 
Anyway I was getting all haughty about Steven Spielberg’s upcoming version of the musical classic, thinking to myself that the original Jerome Robbins’ version could not and should not be beaten.
A BBC interview with Spielberg totally changed my mind
The reasons for the remake were simple in his eyes for he just could not bear the fact of several generations of the movie going public not knowing of the power of this musical.
And he’s right. 
Whole generations of younger people have never heard of the 1950 s version.
They know nothing of the sheer exuberance of the choreography, of the singing and of the innovative staging and so he wanted to be faithful to the original by presenting an updated but classic version, set in the New York streets with Latina actors instead of a tanned up Natalie Wood and George Chakiris.
I’m very much looking forward to the new production

And so I’m on nights again. I will pop off at Tesco on the way home to by provisions so don’t worry Anon  I shall be eating healthier today….last night my colleagues and I treated ourselves to an Indian takeaway on our break time which was a real extravagance ( I can feel Anon quietly shaking in repressed rage at the very thought of it ) 




69 comments:

  1. You would all smell of curry.

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    1. It looks like a tough life.

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    2. It is life
      Tough at times x
      Lovely at others

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    3. It IS a tough life, little chinks of tasty food and laughter are all that keep everyone going I should imagine.

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    4. when I was in hospital on the south coast I passed the nurses station one evening and the Doctor was arranging whether they would prefer Italian or Indian and had the phone in her hand ready to make the order-I think most wanted an Indian x

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  2. WSS is not only a great story, but the songs are wonderful too. I'm sure Spielberg has done a great job.

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    1. And Rita Moreno appears in it. Too

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    2. Barbara Anne2:54 pm

      I'm glad to hear that! Love her!!

      Hugs :)

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  3. Yorkshire Liz7:12 am

    Go for it, John. Your life, your loves, your safety valves. E d of conversation . Oh, PS. Do not let the saddle trying to get under your skin get u red your skin. God less, pet!

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    1. Oh I’m not fussed with anon comments the bitter ones I don’t read past the first few words x

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  4. John, my guess is that Anon is cat to your mouse. Toying with you. That's where spiders have one over mice. The number of times I used to set one of the cats onto a spider . . . HA! Spiders are not stupid. Cats only chase that which moves. The spider sits still.

    Anyway, just left a comment (your post Storm Barra) for the indefatigable A. Scott (hope all MY spelling is correct not to get his claws into me) when an idea for a blog parlour game came to me, uninvited: How about not so much Where is Wally as Who is Anon?

    Speculation is ripe. Give us a clue.

    I myself probably best remember that curiosity does, potentially, kill the cat,
    U

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    1. I think u may have missed my tongue in cheek attitude to anon in the post
      Their comments are of no consequence and I’m not thinking any deeper about them if not at all

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    2. John has so many anonymous commenters and so many with made up names, no blogger accounts, no blogs and all of them without profiles your game would appear to me to be a non starter Ursula.

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    3. Yes, Rachel. The road to nowhere is well trodden.

      U

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    4. By the way of writing and th3 language used ithink anons are two people hiding behind anonymity and false names

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  5. Spielberg's remake does make sense when he explains and should be exciting! Food for the soul as well as food for the body. We need both I think.
    Hope the storm moves away from you soon.

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    1. Yes , he underlined just how much of a fan of the original he was

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  6. Oh, John, you made me laugh! Preempting Anon with their snide comments on YOUR life. It seems to me you have a pretty good work/life balance. Enjoy WSS on Sunday - and splash out on a tub of popcorn, too. Bugger the expense! xx

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    1. We are going out for lunch before hand
      How giddy is that

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    2. You reckless fellow, you! xx

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    3. Last of the big spenders !

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  7. It's a local production then? As long as the performers have passion, it should be fantastic.

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    1. Huh….did you read the post ?
      Somethings I think only read the title

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  8. Both my grandaughter's 24 and 17 went to watch House of Guccci, neither have watched the original West Side Story but both saw the trailer and fancy going. We are all going together. I love the original film so will be interested in the Spielburg version. Will await your review, enjoy.

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  9. Not a fan of musicals myself I admit, probably too ‘faffy’ for moi. Although I did enjoy the ‘Blues Brothers’ back in the day.
    Regarding Anon, it does sound like she, he, it? needs to get out more and experience a life of their own. Knowing you old lad though I am sure you’ll cope..

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  10. You'll probably go all out and have a drink as well. Did you win lotto or something?

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    1. I’ll, I just budget

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    2. I was joking with ya. Sorry it was ambiguous, I'd never comment on how you spend

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  11. i'm excited to see it too. i love that rita moreno is in it too.

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  12. I still remember watching it on tv when I was little and how exciting it all seemed-I recall being a bit scared with all the noise,twirling and stomping-the crazy chaos of it all x

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    1. Is that Ruth with her banquet?x

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    2. I was bored by it as a child

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  13. Brilliant, John. Both the music and lyrics are incredible. To Anon: "why don't you go there and get gone".

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    1. I suspect the remake is going to be somewhat more character led

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  14. Ohh this movie is in my list. I have watched the 50's version (was just watching a Rita Moreno documentary!) but I'm really looking forward to this one.
    Have fun!

    XOXO

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  15. Spend now, save later I say. When we are truly old we won't want to get out of the house. If we can.

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  16. I am planning on seeing it tomorrow and can't wait! Have seen the original and plays many times and it helps to know all the words for my enjoyment. I am so happy for all of the excellent reviews it has gotten and applaud Spielberg for taking the risk.

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  17. Rita Moreno is in the new film, connecting the old with the new. It should be good.

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    1. Spielbergs never made a musical so I’m interested to know how it turns out

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  18. Enjoy and I will look forward to your review.

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  19. Enjoy the movie this weekend! Why is Anon trying to police your personal life? Sheesh.

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    1. Oh never mind the anons of this world

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  20. Barbara Anne2:56 pm

    Hope the new WSS is a delightful remake of the original and that you and your friend have a wonderful time Saturday night. What is life without a few treats?

    Hugs!

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    1. Theatre and cinema trips arnt treats , they are necessary

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  21. Work hard and play hard! There is nothing wrong with that. Enjoy.

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  22. I'm just not excited about this remake. I like the original too much, even with all its political incorrectness. (But seeing Travel's comment above, about Rita Moreno being in it, makes me think I might like to see it after all.)

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    1. I was like you Steve
      But Spielberg’s pragmatism for a remake and love of the original won me over

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  23. When you work in a place with such sadness as you do then if you are a professiohal you try your very best to keep loving and cheerful for everyone's sake - as I know you do. Hope the Indian take-away contributed to keeping your spirits up.

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  24. I'm looking forward to seeing West side story because I recently watched "The fault in our stars" with Ansel Elgort in the lead and think he will hold his own in
    this movie as well. Never mind the anons of this world, but in this case I believe that anon and u are one and the same I almost feel sorry for her she needs to be put in care.

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  25. It's all good including the take out.

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  26. Anonymous9:31 pm

    You have convinced me to embrace the new WSS. I love the original and have been kind of unhappy that a remake is being done. Glad to know that Spielberg is doing it out of love! I'm a bit worried about "Cool" though because I'm fairly certain that it won't be included (one of my favorite parts of the movie).

    And, now I must sign off, with some trepidation, as "anon". Some of us are really very nice people, here because of our affection for John (I'm in the US and wish I lived closer because I think we could be friends). I don't blog, don't have much of an online presence, but I always sign my name when I post anonymously.

    Nina

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    1. Yes . Don’t worry Nina
      The anonymous commentator isn’t really read, their words do not hurt or upset or even anger anyone
      They have the rents of a do ker’s swear words

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