Americanizations & Modifications to West Side Story

Dr. Carla Della Gatta guested on Shakespeare Hour LIVE! podcast. The panel visits the most ambitious of Shakespeare musical adaptations: WEST SIDE STORY.

Beloved since its Broadway debut in 1957, WEST SIDE STORY continues to gain interest, with major motion picture slated to release in 2021. The guests explore all facets of this musical theatre mainstay, from its all-star team of Bernstein, Robbins, Laurents, and Sondheim to its groundbreaking operatic score, to its Americanization (racial, ethnic & political) modifications, and controversial updates to its Shakespearean source material: ROMEO AND JULIET.