By Julia L. Foulkes
That imaginative and prescient of postwar long island is on the center of Julia L. Foulkes’s A position for Us. A lifelong fan of the convey, Foulkes got interested in its background whilst she made an unforeseen discovery: scenes for the enduring movie model have been shot at the demolition website destined to turn into a part of the Lincoln heart redevelopment area—a crowning jewel of postwar city renewal. Foulkes interweaves the tale of the production of the musical and movie with the remaking of the higher West aspect and the bigger story of recent York’s postwar aspirations. Making unparalleled use of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s revelatory papers, she exhibits the the most important function performed through the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow homosexual, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Their decision to awaken existence in big apple because it used to be really lived helped provide West aspect Story its unshakable feel of position while it recommend a imaginative and prescient of a brand new, lively, determinedly multicultural American city.
Beautifully written and entire of surprises for even the main committed West aspect Story fan, A position for Us is a revelatory new exploration of an American classic.
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