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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Fresh on the heels of performing 'Carmina Burana,' which inspired one of the drollest entries yet in Midweek Madness , if Midweek Madness does say so itself, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is about to play a live soundtrack for screenings of the 1961 film 'West Side Story .' So, naturally, that got Midweek Madness thinking about Sharks, Jets, Maria, Tony, feeling pretty -- and "Somewhere" to find a "Cool" way of having fun with all of...
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Wedding date: May 18, 2013 George's story: George William Johnston, 62, grew up in upstate New York. He is a senior partner with the Venable law firm. His father, Norman, was a public relations executive and his mother, Mary Jane, was a civic leader in central New York and taught English at Cazenovia High School in Cazenovia, N.Y. Both of his parents are deceased. Eric's story: Eric Quinn Price, 43, grew up in Baltimore. He is a former HRIS manager at Dunbar Armored.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
"West Side Story," with one foot in Shakespeare and the other on the lawless streets of New York, rattled Broadway in 1957. Not surprisingly, it lost the Tony Award for best musical to something far more digestible and comforting" "The Music Man. " But tell the truth: Who would you rather spend a couple hours with — a con man selling band instruments or rival gang members who rumble balletically to some of the most brilliant music ever written...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Fresh on the heels of performing 'Carmina Burana,' which inspired one of the drollest entries yet in Midweek Madness , if Midweek Madness does say so itself, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is about to play a live soundtrack for screenings of the 1961 film 'West Side Story .' So, naturally, that got Midweek Madness thinking about Sharks, Jets, Maria, Tony, feeling pretty -- and "Somewhere" to find a "Cool" way of having fun with all of...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
UPDATE: This just in on June 13, 2013: Marni Nixon has had to cancel her scheduled appearance with the Baltimore Symphony this week due to what a press release from the orchestra describes as "a sudden temporary illness. "  Read more on the Artsmash blog.  ---------------------- When the dynamic 1961 film musical "West Side Story" is screened this week at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore , a bit of electronic manipulation will remove one of the most crucial elements in the movie - the orchestra.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
Frederick native Beth Crandall is working both in front of the proscenium arch and behind it to help shape the production of "West Side Story" currently running at the Hippodrome Theatre. The 26-year-old performs most nights as Zaza, one of the Jets' girlfriends. But, her impeccable technique also won her a job as the production's assistant dance captain. Crandall recently put her feet up long enough to chat about what it's like to be part of an iconic musical. Your trained primarily as a dancer.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 28, 1991
Judging by the two productions he has directed and choreographed for Towson State's Maryland Arts Festival, Ken Urmston's specialty appears to be re-creating the look of Broadway shows. Last year he strove to reproduce Harold Prince's staging of "Eviita"; this year he has met with more success mimicking Jerome Robbins staging of "West Side Story."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | March 2, 2000
Olney Theatre Center opens its 2000 season tomorrow with "West Side Story," directed by Bradford Watkins and starring a cast of young area actors headed by Kevin Duda as Tony and Tracy Olivera as Maria. The 1957 modern retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents will be one of two musicals in the new season. Here's the rest of the lineup: Moliere's "Tartuffe" (April 11-May 14); Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" (May 30-July 1); Potomac Theatre Festival (July 11-Aug.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 15, 2004
Three weeks into rehearsals, the Chesapeake Music Hall folks are deep into choreographing the Sharks and Jets rivalry of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, opening Saturday for a two-month run at the dinner theater off U.S. 50 on Busch's Frontage Road in Annapolis. Bernstein's 1957 masterpiece looms large with its brilliant score, perfectly wedded lyrics penned by a then-27-year-old Stephen Sondheim and the original choreography of Jerome Robbins. It is the timeless tale of young love and hate that is Romeo and Juliet, transported to 1950s Manhattan and into the racial tensions between street gangs the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Anglo Jets.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 26, 2003
Rita Moreno won an Oscar for West Side Story, then pretty much disappeared from the screen for seven years. Not because she was daunted by the prospect of following up her success, or because she priced herself out of the market, or because she decided her real love lay elsewhere in the performing arts. Rather, she dropped out of the movies when it became obvious that filmmakers couldn't see past her award-winning turn as Anita, the Puerto Rican-turned-New Yorker whose conflicted emotions - is she loyal to her new country, or her old ways?
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
UPDATE: This just in on June 13, 2013: Marni Nixon has had to cancel her scheduled appearance with the Baltimore Symphony this week due to what a press release from the orchestra describes as "a sudden temporary illness. "  Read more on the Artsmash blog.  ---------------------- When the dynamic 1961 film musical "West Side Story" is screened this week at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore , a bit of electronic manipulation will remove one of the most crucial elements in the movie - the orchestra.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2011
From his 14th-floor office on West Saratoga Street, Jay A. Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, surveys the urban campus on downtown's west side and envisions the future. Despite years of revitalization efforts, too many blocks near the growing campus of professional schools and medical facilities contain shuttered storefronts and vacant buildings. But Perman is not wringing his hands. Instead, he and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are leading an effort to tackle the west side anew.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
"West Side Story," with one foot in Shakespeare and the other on the lawless streets of New York, rattled Broadway in 1957. Not surprisingly, it lost the Tony Award for best musical to something far more digestible and comforting" "The Music Man. " But tell the truth: Who would you rather spend a couple hours with — a con man selling band instruments or rival gang members who rumble balletically to some of the most brilliant music ever written...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
Frederick native Beth Crandall is working both in front of the proscenium arch and behind it to help shape the production of "West Side Story" currently running at the Hippodrome Theatre. The 26-year-old performs most nights as Zaza, one of the Jets' girlfriends. But, her impeccable technique also won her a job as the production's assistant dance captain. Crandall recently put her feet up long enough to chat about what it's like to be part of an iconic musical. Your trained primarily as a dancer.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | mary.mccauley@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 21, 2010
Lin-Manuel Miranda is prompt, voluble and animated. Over the phone, his words come tumbling out in a great rush, and he takes command of the conversation as easily and dexterously as he assumed command of the Broadway stage. He conceived of "In the Heights" back in 1999, when he was a sophomore at Wesleyan University. Nine years later, his musical about a close-knit Latino neighborhood in New York made it to Broadway. Audiences and critics fell for the show, which boasts a propulsive score infused with salsa, merengue and hip-hop, and which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | January 11, 2009
The Broadway-bound revival of West Side Story that opened Wednesday in Washington has dirt on its shins and blood under its fingernails. It is urgent, explosive and revved up with testosterone from the moment the curtain rises and Riff, the leader of the Jets, stalks on stage and stares hard at the audience. We are unnerved. It is dark, and the neighborhood is rough. Maybe we can sidle past him. Nothing bad has happened. Yet. We are watching the out-of-town tryout for a production that has been generating buzz since July, when the director, Arthur Laurents, was interviewed in T he New York Times.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 2, 2008
Since Chesapeake Music Hall closed its doors near the end of 2004, Anne Arundel County has been without dinner theater. The Music Hall's demise was a loss for the subscribers who enjoyed its bargain meal-show package and for the actors who honed their skills there. But anyone in search of such an entertainment package can find top-notch versions at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore in the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center at Travel Plaza, which opened in March 2006, and at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, which has garnered 55 Helen Hayes Award nominations during its 29-year existence.
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By Chantal Hall and Chantal Hall,LONG REACH HIGH SCHOOL | March 25, 2005
Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story has broken barriers since it opened on Broadway in 1957. It transplants Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into the violent slums of 1950s New York City, where Maria and Tony struggle to overcome society's rejection of their love. River Hill High School's recent production of West Side Story was both chilling and heartbreaking as it illuminated the evils of intolerance that continue to trouble society. Hatred and urban warfare is the backdrop for Maria and Tony's forbidden love.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 2, 2008
Since Chesapeake Music Hall closed its doors near the end of 2004, Anne Arundel County has been without dinner theater. The Music Hall's demise was a loss for the subscribers who enjoyed its bargain meal-show package and for the actors who honed their skills there. But anyone in search of such an entertainment package can find top-notch versions at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore in the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center at Travel Plaza, which opened in March 2006, and at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, which has garnered 55 Helen Hayes Award nominations during its 29-year existence.
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By Molly Dillon and Molly Dillon,special to the sun | April 11, 2008
Red lights slowly rise on a group of boys with their backs to the audience. Tension and anger are in the air. As another group of boys walk through wearing different colors, the first group "gallantly" lets them pass. This was the beginning of Centennial High School's West Side Story. The Jets, a gang in New York City, are preparing to negotiate the terms for a rumble with the Sharks, a rival gang. They meet at a dance at the gym, where Tony, a Jet who just isn't as angry as he used to be, first lays eyes on Maria, the younger sister of the Sharks' leader.
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