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What is better? Movie or Stage show? 

What is better...West Side story movie or Stage Show?
Movie!!! 49%  49%  [ 17 ]
stage show 51%  51%  [ 18 ]
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What is better? Movie or Stage show? 
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Hi peoples!
Just wondering what your thoughts are as to which is better....the stage show or the movie?
Personally I would take the stage show... :D

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I like the stage version better!!!

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The movie is really quite bad. I used to adore it -- I was obsessed with it -- but compared to the potential that WSS has to be GREAT (which it is -- it's brilliant, really), the movie doesn't measure up. I still watch the movie waaay too much, tho, just so I can hear the music and see the show played out *almost* like it's supposed to be. I don't have enough money or time to go see the show on broadway, so my little DVD is the closest I can come to the real thing. :-)

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It can varry. The movie can do a lot more with scenes and settings that you can't get with the stage show. I was in a production of WSS, which many said was very good, better than the video. It was produced at the Winter Haven Theatre. Anybody see it? Of course out of the two weeks we put it on, I never got to see it because I was in the orchastra pit the whole time. Anyway, the music was always very good and the singers were very tallented.

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Well ... the movie is a bit castrated, especially "Gee, Officer Kupke", but there are some wonderful actors (well, not Tony)
It isn't bad either, but the stage makes more sense. There's no "bad luck", it is like that because it has to be like that.

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I love the movie, but the the stage show is much better. The ballet is one of my favorite parts of the musical and it's sad it's not in the movie.


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Since I've only seen the movie I can't say anything, which is a shame ;_; I really want to go see it but I don't have enough money to go see it.. for i spent most of it to go see CATS and on fundrasier things.. mew.. I wanna see it live than the video.. but the video will have to do for now :)

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No "Somewhere" ballet = BAD. That's one of the best parts of the show and, as my traditionalist self says, why mess with a good thing and take it out for the movie?

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The movie is wonderful, but the stage show is absolutely amazing - I love reading it, too - but the experience of seeing on stage is the best of all worlds. :lol:


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Definately the stage show. The movie changes songs around, reduces scenes, cuts stuff, etc. Also, they euphemize everything, making most of the songs much different from the stage show. (They won't even let Anita say "He's hot" or Riff say "If the spit hits the fan." This may be news to them, but there are much worse words out there.)

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I have not yet seen the stage version, but I really want to. :cry: It would just be such a powerful experience.

I do like how they switched "Cool" and "Gee, Officer Krupke!" in the movie, though. The spots of the two songs in the movie seemed too natural to have been switched, which I why I was very surprised to learn that they had been switched.


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Hm... To me this one is a greatly perplexing puzzle. I've yet to see the stage version (but it's my school musical this year, so I will be familiar with it)...

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I find this rather amusing... Most of the people here prefer the stage version, but the stage version was not even the biggest hit of its year. According to a book in my school library (which is an instant sign of possible innaccuracy anyways, so correct me if I'm wrong), WSS's original Broadway run was around 900 shows. This book says The Music Man was released the same year, and outran WSS by a good 300-400 shows.

On the other hand the movie raked up in its year, scoring 9(? I'm not quite sure, it was a while since I last heard) Academy awards, most ever by a movie musicals...

If I have any screwed up info, please correct me...

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