East Side Story

Bernstein. Sondheim. Robbins. Arthur Laurents and Hal Prince. In 1957, before they became legends, Broadway and the world were rocked not just by a new musical but an entirely new kind of musical. Its original working title was East Side Story, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This is the true story of how East became West and the incredible team who broke new ground with a 360-year-old plot, an unknown rookie lyricist, an operatic score, an interracial theme, and juvenile delinquent gangbangers dancing ballet.

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Curmudeonly 74-year-old ink-stained wretch (imagine, if you dare, Wilford Brimley and Lou Grant having a love child), paid professional writer more or less continuously since 1962, paid professional editor since 1966, about three decades or so in newspapers, with some lacunae and journeys into the Dark Side (politics, advertising, catalog writing, retail sales and, for the last 16 years, chief copy editor for the behavioral Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [contractor, not an actual Fed]).

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Contest Results:
LGBTQ Screenwriting (Quarterfinalist) [2020]
Wiki Contest (Honorable Mention) [2020]
Miami Screenplay Awards (Quarterfinalist) [2021]