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Your Celebrate Brooklyn Pick of the Week: A ‘West Side Story’ sing-along!

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Practice your finger snaps — a “West Side Story” dance and sing-along is coming to Prospect Park.

On July 21, Celebrate Brooklyn screens the Academy Award-dominating 1961 musical.

This being a “Romeo and Juliet” for 1950s Manhattan, Romeo is an American gangster, Tony, his Juliet a Puerto Rican immigrant, Maria. Their balcony is a fire escape, the feuding families two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

You can guess where it’s headed for our two doomed lovers, but not before some gorgeous and enduring melodies sung by the cast, including “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria,” “America,” and “Jet Song,” to name just a few. The lyrics will be featured on the screen so you can sing along, too, and pre-screening there will be a choreographer teaching the famous steps to the musical.

Indeed, one of the film’s most-memorable moments hardly has any dialogue at all — that famous finger-snapping prologue, that features some of the most graceful punks you’ll ever see.

But you better choose your allegiance in advance — Sharks enter at 11th Street, Jets at Ninth Street.

“West Side Story” dance and sing-along at Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park [Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683-5600], July 21 at 8 pm. Free. For info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.

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Reader Feedback

tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
will i have to check my switchblade at the door.
July 18, 2011, 6:46 am
Lawrence Gordon from UWS says:
What do people in park slope know about the rough and tumble west side of manhattan?
July 18, 2011, 3:13 pm
Greg from Windsor Terrace says:
Park Slope isn't The Hamptons. It's certainly not Lenox and 140th, but please.
July 20, 2011, 10:23 am
Josh from UWS says:
"Rough and tumble?" Where do you live L.G.? West Side is old people and opera nowadays...
July 20, 2011, 2:55 pm
Suzy Doob from Forest Hills says:
What a great idea! But it's brutal out there, today. Please do it again, sometime!
July 21, 2011, 12:01 pm

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