Reading gorgeous blogger Miss Karen’s I’m Not Anti-Social, Just Short-Sighted blog has caused the Officer Krupke song from West Side Story to become permanently lodged in my head. I sing it to myself every time I read her blog.
A clip from the movie version of West Side Story
Miss Karen’s line comes at 4:35
Damn you, Miss Karen! Look at her, pretending to be all innocent here.
I am intrigued by the guy in the movie clip who says, “Hey sergeant! Come on, quick, we got a 10-13.” You barely see the dude’s face. I wonder if that was the highlight of his acting career. That would be okay with me. I’d love to have the opportunity to facelessly say, “We got a 10-13” on Law & Order someday. That’s my new life dream. Well, while I’m on set I’d like to get my picture taken with Sam Waterston’s eyebrows. I might as well dream big.
When I first saw the movie version of West Side Story, I fell madly in love with the character of Anita, played by Rita Moreno. Behold her sassy short hairdo; tight, low-cut bodice; and swirly skirt as she sings “America.”
“I like the island Manhattan.”
Me too, Anita!
I was very flattered when 20-something years later, my friend Charles Nolan called me “Anita” while I was having a sassy moment.
A bilingual version of West Side Story is coming to Broadway next year so that’s on my must-see list. Frankly I don’t care what language it’s sung in, but anyone who changes Anita’s hot hairdo will feel my wrath.