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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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uh the stage version is much much much better. I think because you feel like your actually there if you know what I mean.

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I can't believe no one's mentioned this - in the movie, everyone is COATED in makeup, and there are about two actual Latinos in the whole cast.

Stage all the way.

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The stage version is my favorite. I love the ballet after Riff and Bernardo are killed which is not in the movie.

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I've only seen a local performance of the show and I thought it was great. The dancing and chorography was just great and the characters were really good in the roles they performed. I really enjoyed the sets especially Maria's balcony(fire escape) and the Tonight number with the cast just brought chills up and down my arms. I usually like the stage versions even though I don't get to see but local stuff, but it is the atmosphrere that a movie cannot deliver.

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NoOneMournsTheWicked wrote:
I'm playing Maria and I'm a nice little Jewish girl.

I love nice little Jewish Girls.
They make me smile.

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i have not seen the musical
but i love the movie.
so movie.


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I gotta go with the stage show. I mean, I like the movie and all, but it had a lot of weak points. I didn't like the switch of "Krupke" and "Cool," I always felt that "Krupke" was a lightener and high-energy number in Act II that was needed and it was one of the only chances for the individual Jets to stand out without Riff.

I was dismayed to learn that all of Tony's music was lowered. "Something's Coming," "Maria," "Tonight." All lowered. Pitiful, as it's such a great tenor part, but it sounds so weird as a baritone. "America" was great, though I feel bad for the girl who played Rosalita (sp.?), thinking before the movie was filmed that she would be the other girl singing.

I agree about the make-up. They all look so shiny. Tony looks like he's wearing a lot, even more than Maria. They changed a lot of small details, like having Bernardo "brand" Baby John instead of A-Rab in the prologue. I don't understand those small changes, and I don't like them.

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Shancy-Shance wrote:
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.


I, too like how they switched "Cool" and "Officer Krupke" around in the movie. It was more appropriate.


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dyinginamericaxRENThead wrote:
i have not seen the musical
but i love the movie.
so movie.


I, too love the movie version of WSS, which, btw, is my alltime favorite flick, plus I've also seen at least a half-dozen very good stage productions of this great musical. The only shortcoming in the film version of WSS is the casting of Richard Beymer, who played a rather weak, lacklustre Tony. He was, however, offset by the strong performces of the other actors/actresses in WSS.


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