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Title:
Readings on West Side story
Author:
Williams, Mary E., 1960-
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
176 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
West side story : the beginnings of something great / by Leonard Bernstein, interviewed by Mel Gussow -- Excerpts from a West side story log / by Leonard Bernstein -- The creative process behind West side story / by Craig Zadan -- The significance of dance and song in West side story / by Denny Martin Flinn -- The narrative and thematic significance of music in West side story / by Wilfrid Mellers -- An examination of West side story's plot and musical motifs / by Scott Miller -- Appreciating West side story and its Shakespearean predecessor / by Norris Houghton -- A comparison of West side story and Romeo and Juliet / by Vernon Gravely -- West side story sets a new standard for stage musicals / by Theatre arts -- The plot of West side story is implausible / by Wolcott Gibbs -- West side story brilliantly expresses the character of teenage gangs / by Harry Hewes -- The movie version of West side story exceeds the stage version / by Arthur Knight -- An exceptional yet disappointing film musical / by Stanley Kauffmann -- West side story is a highly overrated movie / by Pauline Kael -- A late Twentieth-century view on West side story / by James Berardinelli -- West side story reflects today's more troubling realities / by Al Martinez -- Teenage films: love, death and the prom / by Alice McDermott -- West side story: still "cool" today / by Dag Ryen -- A school's cancellation of West side story stirs debate / by Elizabeth Mehren -- There is a place for West side story / by Bruce M. Penniman.
ISBN:
9780737706949

9780737706956
Format :
Book

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 12 Up-Despite Greenhaven's claim in the foreword that this series is "expertly edited in consideration of both the reading and comprehension levels of [young adults]," this title resembles a scholarly text more appropriate for college students and professors. The compilation begins with a description of West Side Story and its creation, then gives analysis and criticism. There is too much repetition, particularly in the first half. Terms such as revue, seminal, analogous, denouement, ?clat, potchkied, corps, and Liebestod are undefined. Allusions to Rashomon, Gilbert and Sullivan, Strauss and von Hofmannsthal, No'l Coward, and Tallulah, among others, are not explained. The musical analysis is far too technical for most adults, let alone teens: "Recurrently, bitonality-or rather two-part writing in which the upper part is unresolved appoggiatura to the lower-suggests their disconnectedness." Finally, the section on the social and cultural ramifications of West Side Story is weak and includes outdated material. Disappointingly, the book lacks illustrations. Students will be better off reading the play (and watching the movie).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 12 Up-Despite Greenhaven's claim in the foreword that this series is "expertly edited in consideration of both the reading and comprehension levels of [young adults]," this title resembles a scholarly text more appropriate for college students and professors. The compilation begins with a description of West Side Story and its creation, then gives analysis and criticism. There is too much repetition, particularly in the first half. Terms such as revue, seminal, analogous, denouement, ?clat, potchkied, corps, and Liebestod are undefined. Allusions to Rashomon, Gilbert and Sullivan, Strauss and von Hofmannsthal, No'l Coward, and Tallulah, among others, are not explained. The musical analysis is far too technical for most adults, let alone teens: "Recurrently, bitonality-or rather two-part writing in which the upper part is unresolved appoggiatura to the lower-suggests their disconnectedness." Finally, the section on the social and cultural ramifications of West Side Story is weak and includes outdated material. Disappointingly, the book lacks illustrations. Students will be better off reading the play (and watching the movie).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.