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Differences in the Movie and the Show? 
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Post Differences in the Movie and the Show?
I KNOW that there are several differences between the movie and the show. The problem is I don't know them. (Except that I know song order was changed and that there's a different version of "America".)

I'm going to be in a production of this show very soon, and I'd like to know the differences.

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I can't really think of any major ones right now but in the stage version Riff is with Velma not Graziella.

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In the stage version of West Side Story, the "Officer Krupke" and the
"Cool" numbers were switched around: Whereas in the stage version of WSS, "Officer Krupke" was played after the rumble and the "Cool" number was done prior to the rumble, the order of these two particular scene/songs were switched around in the movie: "Officer Krupke" was done prior to the rumble, while the "Cool" scene was done after the rumble.


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Other changes:

* The "Prologue" is extended in the film.
* "I Feel Pretty" is shifted to an earlier position.
* If you watch the DVD with the intermission option on, this comes earlier than in the action that in the stage show.
* The "Somewhere Ballet" is cut.
* "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" is shortened.

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RainbowJude wrote:
Other changes:

* The "Prologue" is extended in the film.
* "I Feel Pretty" is shifted to an earlier position.
* If you watch the DVD with the intermission option on, this comes earlier than in the action that in the stage show.
* The "Somewhere Ballet" is cut.
* "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" is shortened.

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Everything you say is absolutely true, David..aka "RainbowJude". It bothers me not at all, because West Side Story is such a wonderfully special musical, which is sooo in a class by itself that it works beautifully on both stage and screen, imho.


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The movie version's lyrics are cleaned up.

For example, in Gee, Officer Krupke:

Stage:
My father is a bastard,
My ma's an S.O.B.
My grandpa's always plastered,
My grandma pushes tea.

Movie:
My Daddy beats my Mommy,
My Mommy clobbers me,
My Grandpa is a Commie,
My Grandma pushes tea.

And Anita's part in Tonight (Quintet):

Stage:
He'll walk in hot and tired,
So what?
Don't matter if he's tired,
As long as he's hot!

Movie:
He’ll walk in hot and tired,
Poor dear.
Don’t matter if he’s tired,
As long as he’s here

Also, the character "Ice" is only in the movie version.

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Nettik wrote:
And Anita's part in Tonight (Quintet):

Stage:
He'll walk in hot and tired,
So what?
Don't matter if he's tired,
As long as he's hot!

I did notice that. There's also more psuedo-cursing in the Jet Song. (Mainly the change from "mother-lovin'" to "ever-lovin'." :P)

Nettik wrote:
Also, the character "Ice" is only in the movie version.

I hadn't noticed that. :roll:

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Vice wrote:
I did notice that. There's also more psuedo-cursing in the Jet Song. (Mainly the change from "mother-lovin'" to "ever-lovin'." :P)


And presumably even "mother-lovin" was toned down from what we're supposed to infer the Jets actually said...

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