By Julia L. Foulkes
That imaginative and prescient of postwar ny is on the middle of Julia L. Foulkes’s A position for Us. A lifelong fan of the exhibit, Foulkes got interested in its background while she made an unforeseen discovery: scenes for the enduring movie model have been shot at the demolition website destined to develop into a part of the Lincoln middle redevelopment area—a crowning jewel of postwar city renewal. Foulkes interweaves the tale of the production of the musical and movie with the remaking of the higher West part and the bigger story of latest York’s postwar aspirations. Making remarkable use of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins’s revelatory papers, she indicates the an important function performed by way of the political commitments of Robbins and his fellow homosexual, Jewish collaborators, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Their choice to awaken lifestyles in manhattan because it was once really lived helped supply West part Story its unshakable feel of position at the same time it recommend a imaginative and prescient of a brand new, lively, determinedly multicultural American city.
Beautifully written and entire of surprises for even the main devoted West facet Story fan, A position for Us is a revelatory new exploration of an American classic.
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