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No no no - from what my sister picked up (who knows some Spanish). It was like "I'm so beautiful ..." or something that was different.

Tony wasn't that bad. It was more the Jets' ensemble was too flat.

One of my friends (who's also Kakoforever's friends, too) knows kind of someone in it, I think...Anybody's maybe? Whichever is the female Jet...now she was great.

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Well in regardless I heard Karen and the guy playing Riff carried the whole show!

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Well in regardless I heard Karen and the guy playing Riff carried the whole show!


Karen? As in ... ?

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kozafluitmusique wrote:
Jman383 wrote:
Well in regardless I heard Karen and the guy playing Riff carried the whole show!


Karen? As in ... ?

Karen Olivo. Girl who plays Anita. :oops:

I wonder why they didn't opt for supertitles for both dialogue and lyrics, like in opera. I think the production might fare better on Broadway, where there is a larger Spanish-speaking audience. D.C. has a large Spanish-speaking population, but not as many who attend theatre as in New York.

The overall production is very "sterile." It's like they were banking on the Spanish to lend it some color and character, but it just isn't enough. The costumes are too clean and mannered and the sets look cheap and vacant. Matt Cavenaugh is way too much of a pretty boy to play a former gang leader. I wonder if we'll ever see a Tony that brings some depth to the character - at least enough to give the impression he's capable of holding his own in a street fight. In fact, this was my problem with most of the ensemble - it's like watching the backstage antics of effete, manicured Abercrombie models. At least give us back Jerome Robbins' amazing choreography to look at if you're not going to play up the testosterone.


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Karen Olivo plays Anita, not Maria (although I'm sure she would rock it!)

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Ah thanks. I keep on mixing up names on this forum for some reason. It's the early onset Alzheimer's setting in. :P


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Ok so I'm looking at trying to get to see this in NY this summer so let me ask a few questions and get a few things straight....

1. There are NO subtitles anywhere in the show?

2. How much of the show is in Spanish?


It's funny, when I watched a few videos of the production on the show's website, my first impression was that Tony was a pretty boy. Like, he should be singing I Feel Pretty. How was his singing? They didn't really show it at all...

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Ok so I'm looking at trying to get to see this in NY this summer so let me ask a few questions and get a few things straight....

1. There are NO subtitles anywhere in the show?

2. How much of the show is in Spanish?


It's funny, when I watched a few videos of the production on the show's website, my first impression was that Tony was a pretty boy. Like, he should be singing I Feel Pretty. How was his singing? They didn't really show it at all...

Thanks!


From the D.C. version ...

1. Yep, no subs.

2. When I saw it in D.C., I'd say about ... almost all the Jets speaking/singing, and when the people were conversing with their native people, if you know what I mean.

Tony had too much annoying vibrato in his voice.

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So Tony Maria interactions would be in English, but Maria Anita interactions would be Spanish.

Like I saw videos and really liked what I saw and was really looking forward to seeing it, but my girlfriend who will be with me doesn't know Spanish (she was a German Major) and isn't familiar with the show at all. However, she's now an English Major and loves Shakespere so she obviosuly knows Romeo and Juliet fairly well. So now I'm sorta worried...

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So Tony Maria interactions would be in English, but Maria Anita interactions would be Spanish.

Like I saw videos and really liked what I saw and was really looking forward to seeing it, but my girlfriend who will be with me doesn't know Spanish (she was a German Major) and isn't familiar with the show at all. However, she's now an English Major and loves Shakespere so she obviosuly knows Romeo and Juliet fairly well. So now I'm sorta worried...


Basically.

Basically, make sure she knows what's going on in West Side Story, too...although my sister knew some Spanish, as I said on an earlier thread on this topic, she almost got turned off completely from West Side Story.

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So there's not even anything in the Playbill saying what's going on in each scene? That's really aggrivating....I mean, I know the show and understand it, but it seems to me like its alienating everyone who doesn't know. Does the theatre get really tense during these parts? Like is the focus of the audience lost? I feel like it would be if they didn't know what was going on.

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Brock07 wrote:
So there's not even anything in the Playbill saying what's going on in each scene? That's really aggrivating....I mean, I know the show and understand it, but it seems to me like its alienating everyone who doesn't know. Does the theatre get really tense during these parts? Like is the focus of the audience lost? I feel like it would be if they didn't know what was going on.


Well, they have the general scene thing, like usual...but nope. Yeah, I think a lot of focus was lost, mainly.

Hopefully the Jets and the Sharks act more, too.

I'm curious to what you think!!!

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