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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Original edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155783766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557837660
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Something's Coming, Something Good demonstrates how West Side Story has become a part of the zeitgeist because of its inventiveness and its energy, its power to move and excite audiences and to provoke them to think about serious social problems. It is a testimonial to the distinctive accomplishment of four creative artists who changed the face of the American musical, and perhaps changed the face of America--with a click, with a shock. --The Sondheim Review

...a highly readable history of the show's decades-long genesis, with effective sketches of the principal creators and their artistic histories. Tracking the tangled and occasionally intersecting career paths of four restless artists over a 10-year period is no mean feat, but Berson manages it with clarity and ease. --Kirkus Reviews

. . . as the reader makes his/her way through the pages, it is hard not to think first, 'How did I not know that?' and then, 'I want to watch it again!' --New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Misha Berson is the award-winning theater critic for the Seattle Times and the author of the books Between Worlds: Contemporary Asian-American Plays and The San Francisco Stage. She writes regularly for American Theatre Magazine and other publications, appears as a commentator on KUOW-FM radio, has taught at the University of Washington and San Francisco State University, and is the former executive director of Theatre Bay Area.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Wanderer on August 14, 2011
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When I bought Misha Berson's SOMETHING'S COMING, SOMETHING GOOD, I was expecting a juicy backstage story of the creation of one of the greatest works in the American theatrical canon, WEST SIDE STORY. I got that but I got a lot more, too, including the tumultuous making of the film version and it's all delicious. But Berson also holds a prism up to the show and reveals it in a multitude of colors and angles, points of view and insights. I put down the book not only having enjoyed a good theater yarn, but with an understanding of what made WEST SIDE STORY great and how it plugged in (and still plugs in) to the American zeitgeist. For example, the chapter on the music is a dazzling explanation of how innovative Bernstein's score was and the daring techniques he used (like the "tritone") to open up new possibilities for the American musical.

The book is also laced with juicy sidebars that take us to intriguing corners of the creative process. One of my favorites is how "frabbajabba" came to be. All in all, a well-written book holding lots of surprises.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Broadway fan on June 22, 2011
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This is a wonderful book on the greatest of all American musicals. Berson gives a lively, very readable history of the collaboration of four major artists to create "West Side Story" and follows with a series of fascinating essays about why, and how, this was such an original work. Finally, she discusses the place of "West Side Story" in American culture, with insightful discussions of the show as a reflection of ethnic tension and youth violence in the mid-20th century, of its connection to "Romeo and Juliet," and of its treatment in film, jazz, and other art forms. There's lots more, and it's all worthwhile. I highly recommend this book to any and all fans of "West Side Story" and of Broadway musicals in general.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on September 16, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed Misha Berson's book, "Something's Coming, Something Good - West Side Story and the American Imagination". Misha takes us from the inception and inspiration of the musical to the birth and growth of this phenomenal collaboration between Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. I learned so much I never knew, but mainly I connected with the young girl I was, dancing and singing the musical with my friends in our living rooms. Misha's detail about the score and the lyrics lured me to get out my old Broadway album and rewatch the movie version. If you, too, grew up in the era, or if you are curious about the creative process, this book is not to be missed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fendel on September 15, 2011
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If you have loved West Side Story (in any form), then you'll be fascinated to read this book about its creation, the theatrical context out of which it grew, and its long-term influence on American musicals. Misha Berson has thoroughly researched the genesis of the original Broadway production, and brings her extensive general knowledge of theater to bear in understanding the importance of the work. I especially enjoyed her portrait of the collaboration of the four primary geniuses who created West Side Story -- choreographer (and initial conceiver of the idea) Jerome Robbins, composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and playwright Arthur Laurents,

Berson discusses the music, the plot, the dance -- everything -- including how things changed from the original 1957 stage production to the 1961 movie as well as how the play and movie compare with the story line of its inspiration, Romeo and Juliet.

You'll end up wanting to see West Side Story all over again, and will be richly rewarded by the experience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Weisnewski on July 17, 2011
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This is simply the most comprehensive, the most engaging and the most entertaining book on West Side Story that I have read. The title can refer not only to lyrics from the show but to the book itself. I heartily recommend it.
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