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    Jerome Robbins was known as one of the great choreographers of all time, as a genius, as a friend to the rich and famous (and, indeed, “one of them”: He danced with Lauren Bacall at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball), as one of the four closeted gay Jewish men who made West Side Story , as a person who enjoyed humiliating young male ballet dancers during rehearsals and referring to some of the female ones with the four-letter word that begins with a “c,” as an informer, and as co-founding choreographer, with George Balanchine, of the New York City Ballet. Any man known for so much must have been a great man or a great scoundrel, or both. When I came to New York in 1988, Balanchine was already dead five years, but Jerry Robbins and City…

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    Film Adaptations: Romeo and Juliet (1968) and West Side Story (1961) Many films have been created based on novels and play scripts. Plays have transitioned from performances on stage to the big cinema screens. Since many legendary play scripts were created before our century, American film directors had to ask themselves, “How can an older piece of work interest the audience of today?”. Directors found it challenging to express an original piece of work while attempting to interest the minds…

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    One day in June, I can’t quite remember the exact date, but it was June 2015. As I was scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed one particular post caught my attention. The post consisted of a photo heading in big bold, all caps, red letters: BIGBANG 2015 WORLD TOUR [MADE] and underneath read: Los Angeles Staple Center Oct 3, 2015. I couldn’t believe what I was reading that I had to reread a few times. I knew they were on a world tour but there was no news on them coming to the United States. My…

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    The Balanchine Body

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    Many dancers now are turned away because they are simply taller than the mandated height, sometimes they will be turned away based on their body types, yet having a thin body was a recent development by the famous George Balanchine. Commonly referred to as the ‘Balanchine Body’, this ideal body type that first began in the 1900’s shapes what we see as the perfect ballet body yet what is said and done in whispers behind closed theater doors, dressing rooms, and practice rooms, is often nowhere…

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    show would be Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. West Side Story seemed to follow the conventions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein II duos. There are many similarities between this musical and the duos’ shows. For example, there are multiple love affairs involved (Anita and Bernardo, Tony and Maria). There are aspects of the music that help the audience relate to the characters and show each of the characters’ complexities. The dramatic elements of the story are not only enhanced by the…

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    Differences of Nouthetic and Integrative Counseling The field of psychology has been divided many times into many different schools of thought and even in Christian counseling these differences in opinion still come forth. The two sides to Christian counseling are Nouthetic/traditional counseling and Integrative counseling. Nouthetic just focuses on using the New Testament and the Old Testament together to teach people and to try and help them with any issues. Integrative counseling not only…

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    The Old Testament Analysis

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    According to historiographer Gabrielle Spiegel, chroniclers in the early middle ages sought to depict history, or events that were happening contemporary to his writing, as transparently as possible. These chroniclers were committed to depicting history as accurately as possible, whether that be through text or images. The 6th century Christian philosopher Cassiodorus documented how important chroniclers were in the development of the Christian religion and how important documentation is for the…

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    Juke Box Musical Analysis

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    The musical has gone through many changes in its lifetime. Its has been developed, explored and performed in millions of theatres around the world. But what really are the foundations of the art form itself? All of the three elements are really important, but there is one that stands out and has changed the most. That would be the music. The music has served the musical in many ways. It serves the characters extended feelings of fulfillment and gives the audience something to hum out of the…

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    It’s Possible! The importance of Richard Rodgers What does the sound of music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and Cinderella have in common. They have the music written by the Richard Rodgers. Richard Rodgers helped change the face of Broadway musicals, he changed them by giving them each individual stories that made them both memorable and loveable. This essay will discuss how Richard Rodger early life affected his work, his legacy, and the importance of his work. Richard Charles Rodgers was born on…

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    To Kill a Mockingbird and Inherit the Wind are two vastly different forms of literature, focusing on different topics, characters, and morals. Yet there is a similar theme within these stories that they share. Through various characters and traits, Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee and Harper Lee each demonstrate the necessity, as well as, the importance of change and growth through their characters. Scout, only a child throughout the To Kill a Mockingbird, doesn’t change but grows into her…

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