Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Screening: Behind the Scenes Documentary of West Side Story

One of my favorite things about going to the Broadway Flea Market is visiting the Dancers Over 40 table to see Harvey Evans.    In fact, this year my favorite treasure of the day was the large photo of Gwen Verdon dancing in New Girl in Town, which I purchased  from the Dancers Over 40.  As I picked it up, Harvey confessed that he'd had his eye on it all day, and for good reason:  he made his Broadway debut in New Girl in Town.

Harvey is one of the nicest men on Broadway, and even in New York.  He's had an amazing career, beginning with his debut in 1957 to the Broadway revival of Oklahoma in 2002.   He also performed in shows regionally, notably as Buddy in Follies opposite Marilyn Maye, and danced and acted in a number of films, including Mary Poppins, The Pajama Game, Enchanted and the upcoming Silver Tongues

With symmetry, Harvey (also known as Harvey Hohnecker) was "Gee Tar" in the original Broadway production of West Side Story and "Mouthpiece" in the 1961 movie of West Side Story.  Now, on Sunday, October 9th, Harvey is hosting a screening presented by the Dancers over 40 of the never before seen documentary of about the making of the movie of West Side Story.  This unreleased film is an hour-long look at the movie from the dancers’ point of view, and features many scenes shot by cast member and host Harvey Evans.

The screening will take place on Sunday, October 9th, 2:00 pm, at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Tickets are available via Telecharge.

Harvey Evans at the 2008 Broadway Flea Market

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