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.
Le Train is the true story of the return by train to Paris of the first 300 French women liberated from the Nazis’ Ravensbrück concentration camp for women, told mainly through the eyes of legendary New Yorker magazine writer and Paris correspondent Janet Flanner (“Genêt”). Her “Letter From Paris” column ran for half a century, and she was there at the Gare de Lyon with Gen. Charles de Gaulle, whose niece, a member of the French Resistance, he hoped was on that train. Historical “cameos” include Ernest Hemingway; Jean-Paul Sartre; Simone de Beauvoir; Albert Camus; Gen. Charles de Gaulle and his niece; three professional executioners (two hangmen and a guillotiner); a bunch of Nazis tried and executed after the Nuremburg and Hamelin War Crimes trials; Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas; Sylvia Beach; Natalie Barney; and Djuna Barnes, among others. Major scenes take place all over pre-war and wartime Paris; Buchenwald and Ravensbrück concentration camps; and the war crimes courtrooms and executions of several dozen Nazis. The central part of the story concerns the journey of the 300 women and their Canadian POW convoy from Ravensbrück to Paris. Eleven of the 300 women died en route.
After four years in the Navy and service in Iraq tracking down bombers and IEDs, and fresh from the Navajo police academy, 26-year-old Navajo Nation Police Officer Irene Sandoval reports for duty and is assigned four bottom-of-the-barrel assignments nobody else wants, including two major cold-case follow-ups, babysitting a rich, white, politically connected daughter of a Washington bigshot -- and arresting an old flame from 10th grade who stole a sheep. Enter a dead frog, a legendary Navajo shaman pursued by Kit Carson, kidnapped Boy Scouts, a ransom demand, and a radical Native American cell ... and Sandoval finds herself neck-deep in entangled cases and cold-blooded killers.