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West Side Story and Star Trek: Some Interesting Connections

The 1961 film Western Story has a Star Trek connection.

On December 10, the director Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited version of West story finally rumble and mambo is also brought into the cinema. The Library of Congress hailed the original 1957 Broadway production as a performance that “basically changed the musical form. And when, in 1961, this classic made its debut to the silver screen, Robert Wise—best known to Star Trek fans—as the director of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – co-directed, with choreographer and original concept, Jerome Robbins. (Arthur Laurents wrote the book for the musical, Leonard Bernstein composed the music, and The late Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics.)

The film by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins has won 10 Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Picture. Widely though not unnecessarily considered a Hollywood classic, 1961 West story benefit from the behind-the-scenes contributions of creative experts besides Wise, whom some Star Trek fans may also recognize.

For example, concept artist and illustrator Harold Michelson will again work with Robert Wise as Production designer on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Likewise, as the Memory Alpha wiki points out, the West Side Story production illustrator is uncredited Leon R. Harris worked as an Art Director on ST: TMP.

But the years 1961 West storyAll connections to Star Trek are not through Robert Wise. At least two faces in the film — one fairly prominent, another less prominent but still memorable — will look familiar to many Star Trek fans.

“Tony” from West Side Story to star in three episodes of Deep Space Nine

Richard Beymer starred in the 1961 film as Tony’s Maria to Natalie Wood. Their all-star characters believe their love can bridge the gap between rival street gangs vying for ownership in New York now long gone. San Juan Hill (Lincoln Square) neighbor. Sadly, their romance ended no better than that of Romeo and Juliet, whose West Side Story “wretched story” was tweaked and updated. Beymer’s performance brought him two Golden Globe nominations.

Thirty-two years later, Beymer played resistance “hero” Bajoran Li Nalas in the first three episodes of the series. Star Trek: Deep Space Nineseason two: “The Homecoming,” “The Circle,” and “The Siege.” By chance, Li becomes a reluctant symbol of hope for his people.

Li didn’t become a real hero until the trilogy ended. Like me West story character, Beymer’s Star Trek character is shot dead — by a phaser, in this case, setting off an explosion intended for Commander Sisko.

William Bramley plays a smaller role in West story. He’s Sergeant Krupke, the cop who regularly threatens to arrest members of the Jets — though his threats don’t bother them too much, like the humorous song “Gee, Officer Krupke” ‘ their expression.

Later, Bramley also played a law enforcement officer in Star Trek. He’s the main cop in “Bread and Circuses” who mocked him when he called Captain Kirk “a bait”.

There’s at least one more connection between our favorite sci-fi franchise and West story To share. It comes from Deep space producer Ira Steven Behr. Behr reveals how Vedek Bareil came to be with his first name, Antos (in the sixth season episode “Resurrection”):

It actually comes from ‘Anton,’ which is Tony’s real name in West Side Story. I just think the romance is here [between Mirror Universe Bareil and Major Kira] is a West Side Story kind of story. Of course, we can’t use Anton, so [producer] Hans [Beimler] proposed “Antos” (Terry J. Erdman, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 510-511).

The connections between Star Trek and properties vary widely, such as West story, mesmerized me. I hope they intrigue you as well and will delight you more with both!

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Caroline Bleakley

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