Yes, the whole book occurs within two days. Robbins, one of the most original choreographers in Broadway history, at first refused to work on the film unless he could direct it. It takes place on the streets of New York, during the 1950s. Alone between the bridal gowns, Tony and Maria enact their imaginary wedding. He meets Maria, but their reunion is brief; Chino shoots Tony dead. However, he turned it down due to his concert and recording commitments.
We are introduced to the leader of the Jets, Riff , and the leader of the Sharks, Bernardo. Schrank orders the Sharks out and unsuccessfully tries to discover information about the fight. When he catches a glimpse of Maria, who is looking for him, he is exstatic. Little did we know, things were going to change dramatically in a whole new way. Before the Sharks arrive, the Jets, accompanied by Anybodys , a tomboy who desperately wants to be one of them, are visited by Officer Krupke, who warns them not to cause trouble on his beat.
He says he will turn himself in to the police. He and Maria lock eyes from opposite ends of the dance hall and instantly they fall in love. There were injuries, collapses, setbacks. She'd be pretty otherwise, but then I found out she didn't even do the singing! He angrily intervenes and threatens Tony, telling him to stay away from her. Doc repeats Anita's message to Tony, and he wanders out into the streets calling for Chino to kill him too. They came together through love but violence threatened to tear them apart.
Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. Please see the supplementary resources provided below for other helpful content related to this book. What shows up Wood and Beymer is the work of Moreno and Chakiris, as the Puerto Rican lovers Anita and Bernardo. Later, while the gangs begin to assemble at Doc's drugstore to choose a place and weapons for their rumble, Tony visits Maria on the fire escape of her apartment, and they pledge their love, promising to meet the next afternoon at the bridal shop where Maria works. Tensions rise as a shark girl named Maria and a Jet named Tony fall for eachother, but there's a problem they can never be allowed to be together. He repentantly explains the events to Maria then asks for her forgiveness, fully intending to surrender himself to the authorities.
Bernardo notices this, angrily tears the two dancers apart and makes it perfectly clear that they belong to enemy camps. Richard Chamberlain was also thought too old at age 26. Anita and Maria argue about Tony, but Maria persuades Anita to go warn Tony that Chino is looking for him with a gun. Maria begs Tony to stop the fight. The film was nominated for 11 and won ten, including as well as a special award for Robbins , becoming the record holder for the most wins for a musical. Give Shmoop a minute while we pull ourselves together… Okay.
Prejudice is a favoring or dislike of something without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge. Bernardo arrives and takes her to the dance, where she meets some friends, Rosalia and Consuelo. A grief-stricken Tony is nearly arrested by the police were it not for the timely rescue by Anybodys. Riff proposes a meeting with Bernardo at Doc's drug store. We can tell this story is like Romeo and Julietta from this century. As provided in her contract, Wood prerecorded her songs and allowed the production team to decide whether to use her voice or not.
Maria finds that in spite of everything, she still loves Tony and begs him to stay with her. The lovers sing about their desire to find a place where they could live peacefully without prejudice. They have a showdown against each other and Tony Riff´s best friend shows up. Moreno can sing, can dance, and exudes a passion that brings special life to her scenes. A Boy Like That Maria admits to her friend that she loves Tony. This changes though when Tony arrives. One Hand, One Heart 6:00 to 9:00 pm Everyone is preparing for the fight that night.
To begin with, in this film, Richard Beymer Tony is the former leader of the jet that lives with Riff, works at Docs store and is in love with Maria. Her name is Maria Natalie Wood and he just in case we didn't get it the first time. Anita declares that Bernardo was right about them and that Chino killed Maria. Finally, the gangs were fed up, so they decided to fight. Chino bursts in and tells her that her brother has been killed by her lover, and rushes out to exact revenge on Tony. Leaderless and confused, the gangs now go at each other with a mad frenzy.
Police sirens blare and everyone flees, leaving behind the dead bodies. Things quickly change though when Bernardo sees his sister dancing with Tony. Act 2 9:15 pm Maria is with her friends and is getting ready for her date with Tony. When the crowd has gone, Officers Schrank and Krupke arrest Chino for the death of Tony. When they meet on neutral ground the community center for a dance, Maria and Tony fall in love. Afterwards, Bernardo and the Sharks retire to the rooftops, where his girl Anita Rita Moreno chides him for being too strict with Maria. I'm not sure, but it certainly adds depth.
He was one of the original members of the Jets, the greatest gang in the world. I didn't love how much it focused on Riff in the beginning, especially because Tony didn't get introduced until nearly halfway through and he's a pretty major character. Bernardo's sister goes too, who just arrived from Puerto Rico is working with Anita, Bernardo´s girlfriend. Maria, the sister of the Shark's leader Bernardo, and Tony, the 'right hand man' to the leader of the Jets. . At this moment, Chino appears and shoots Tony from behind.