The remainder of the West Side Story programs are postponed. (dates to be determined)

 

Here are some West Side Story Tidbits:

For those of you who attended Part 1 West Side Story and William Shakespeare, here is a list of the films that were mentioned during our panel discussion.  Thank you Athenaide Dallet for providing this information.

  • Hamlet written and directed by Michael Almereyda starring Ethan Hawke and Bill Murray
  • O directed by Tim Blake Nelson starring Julia Styles
  • Tempest directed by Paul Mazursky starring Susan Sarandon
  • The Tempest directed by Julie Taymor starring Helen Mirren
  • Much Ado about Nothing directed by Kenneth Branagh starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson
  • The Hollow Crown (TV miniseries) starring Jeremy Irons as Henry IV
  • The King directed by David Michôd starring Timothée Chalome
  • King Charles III directed by Rupert Goold starring Tim Pigott-Smith

Here’s a teaser for the new book Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey by Bob Avian & Tom Santopietro

 

KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY REVISITS WEST SIDE STORY

Press Release 1/10/20

(Kent, Connecticut) –Kent Memorial Library is excited to announce a lecture series based on the musical West Side Story. It will be held for four consecutive Saturdays in March at 2:30 p.m. in the Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Blvd, Kent.

“After attending Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration in 2018 at Tanglewood, with an audience of 18,000, it became abundantly clear that he was, and still is, beloved by scores of people. Plus, most of the first half of the evening were numbers from the 1957 original Broadway production of West Side Story,” recalls KML’s Marketing and Special Events Director, Lucy Pierpont. “The Bernstein-Sondheim-Robbins collaboration created a spectacular Broadway classic which has been enjoyed by many generations in live theatre and film,” she continues.

And now, this month, a Broadway revival of West Side Story makes its debut, Steven Spielberg’s new movie, West Side Story has a release date of December 2020, and Netflix recently acquired the rights to the untitled Leonard Bernstein film which Bradley Cooper will star in and direct.

“With the success of last year’s To Kill A Mockingbird Lecture Series, we thought it would be fun to have an interesting exploration of another beloved classic, and West Side Story surfaced! Not only is the subject matter endearing, but in my opinion, everything about it is pure genius,” Pierpont remarks.

All four Saturdays in March, Kent will explore the Jets and the Sharks, Maria and Tony, and introduce the exciting new book about Bob Avian making its debut in Kent! The Library will offer a four-part series about West Side Story. If you attend three out of four programs in this series, your name will be entered to win two tickets to the Broadway production of West Side Story on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, New York. As Stephen Sondheim wrote “Could it be? Yes it could. Something’s coming, something good, if I can wait! Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is, but it is gonna be great!”

Join us at all four presentations as we examine all the wonderful aspects of West Side Story:

Saturday March 7 at 2:30 p.m. West Side Story Series: Part One* West Side Story and William Shakespeare presented by panelists: Athenaide Dallett, Kent School Faculty; Geoff Stewart, Kent School Faculty; and Patrick Beer, South Kent School Faculty. Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. Please Register.

Saturday March 14 at 2:30 p.m. West Side Story Series: Part Two* Movie: West Side Story This 1961 movie is an American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. Please Register.

Saturday March 21 at 2:30 p.m. West Side Story Series: Part Three* Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story presented by music lecturer Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at Northwestern CT Community College. Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. Please Register.

Saturday March 28 at 2:30 p.m. West Side Story Series: Part Four* Book Talk: Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey Author Tom Santopietro will interview Kent resident, noted choreographer Bob Avian as they discuss their new book Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey. Avian is an award-winning Broadway choreographer known for his work on A Chorus LineMiss Saigon, and Sunset Boulevard. He began his career on Broadway as a dancer in such classic shows as West Side StoryFunny Girl, and Hello, Dolly! He also served as an original producer of Dreamgirls in 1981 and directed the Broadway and London revivals of A Chorus Line in 2006 and 2013. This will be their first event to celebrate the newly published book. Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. Please Register.

*Attend 3 out of 4 programs in this series and your name will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Broadway production of West Side Story on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, New York.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.