年度巨制《西区故事》 亮相上海滩!

年度巨制《西区故事》 亮相上海滩!
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As the year draws to a close, musical lovers in Shanghai  enjoyed  the iconic Broadway show that a generation in the West grew up on, “West Side Story.” 


Dubbed “a splendid and super-modern musical drama,” it is a timeless show which marked a turning point in American musical theater with its dark themes, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes and its sharp focus on social problems. 


The musical was nominated for 6 Tony Awards and won 10 Academy Awards. And after its premiere on stage in 1957, it was made into an Oscar-winning film just a few years later in 1961. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.《西区故事》音乐剧曾获得六项托尼奖提名和十项奥斯卡大奖。在1957年首演后,1961年其改编的电影也斩获了奥斯卡小金人,这部电影被美国国会图书馆誉为“具有重大文化意义”,并于1997年选编入美国国家电影名册。

Set in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York in the mid-1950s, “West Side Story” focuses on the rivalry between two gangs named the Sharks and the Jets and the destruction that results from their rivalry and fighting. 


At the same time it tells the love story between Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks. It is, essentially, a 1950s New York version of “Romeo and Juliet.”


The music came from Leonard Bernstein and features classics such as “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “Jet Song” and “I Feel Pretty.”

该剧的音乐由著名音乐家伯恩斯坦创作,令人耳熟能详的音乐片段有“Something’s Coming”,“Maria”,“Jet Song”和“I Feel Pretty”等。


This was the first time that “West Side Story” had appeared  in Shanghai. To be followed, another tow blockbusters, “Legally Blonde” and “Mozart-L'opera Rock”, will be staged on Shanghai Culture Square respectively in December and January.

这是《西区故事》首次来沪巡演。紧接着,还有几部重量级音乐剧也将陆续登上上海文化广场的舞台——12月的《律政俏佳人 》和明年1月的《摇滚莫扎特》。

The “Big-Four” Musicals


The “Big-Four” musicals include "The Phantom of the Opera", "Cats", "Les Misérables" and "Miss Saigon". All of them were produced by the renowned producer, Cameron Mackintosh, and through his production and revival, these musicals received wide popularity throughout both West End, London and Broadway, New York.


"The Phantom of the Opera" is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera Populaire.

《歌剧魅影》是由安德鲁•劳埃德•韦伯作曲、查尔斯•哈特和理查德•斯蒂尔戈作词的音乐剧。该剧根据法国小说家加斯东•勒鲁的同名小说改编而来,讲述了美貌的女高音克里斯汀与居于剧院地下迷宫神秘多端、脸部畸形的“幽灵”相爱的故事 。

"Cats" is a musical also composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T. S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. "Cats" introduced the famous song "Memory". The first performance of "Cats" was in 1981.《猫》也是一部由韦伯作曲的音乐剧,根据T•S•艾略特的长诗《擅长扮演的老猫经》改编而来。该剧围绕一个名为“杰利克”的猫部落展开,讲述了它们在“杰利克选择”的夜晚,决定哪只猫能够前往九重天并重获新生的故事。歌曲《回忆》是《猫》中最耳熟能详的唱段。该剧首演于1981年。

"Les Misérables" is a sung-through musical based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The original French edition was not a highly successful one. Yet after Mackintosh re-produced in London, it began to collect world-wide attention. The London production has run continuously since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world.


"Miss Saigon" is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg  and Alain Boublil. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly", and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War.



iconic: adj. 符号的;标志性的

blockbuster: n. 大片;巨制

soprano: n. 女高音

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  • 来源:外教社 2017-12-26