ozufan’s review published on Letterboxd:
West Side Stories / the Making of a Classic
Another posting for the story behind a film (& the show) - this BBC documentary on how both came about -
Don’t take too seriously the early quote: “...for the first time, we’ll hear the story of..,” as no Broadway tale has been told so often - in memoirs by Arthur Laurents, and Steve Sondheim, in every bio ever done on Bernstein or Jerome Robbins, in every panel show with every cast member for years. What they really do well here is draw together all the threads, follow a group of young performers learning the songs and choreography, and add some new voices including a cameo by the master of Broadway lore, Seth Rudetsky. New interviews, old interviews, BBC production & camerawork - it’s a very entertaining win, overall.