On Broadway Presents “West Side Story” with George Chakiris
Monday, August 20, 2018 5:30 pm
Event hosted by: On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program
On Broadway is proud to present West Side Story in all its glory — featuring Bernardo himself, Academy Award-winner, George Chakiris!
Join us for a screening of the acclaimed and beloved film — Winner of 10 Academy Awards!
5:30 pm – Doors Open for a Special Reception, Meet and Greet
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Screening of the Film West Side Story
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Q&A with George Chakiris moderated by Annette Insdorf
10:00 pm – Autograph Session
George Chakiris is a triple threat who has established an international career on the big screen and in theatre. The son of Greek immigrants, this actor, dancer and singer is recognized for his credits in nearly two dozen films, several acclaimed mini-series in Europe and Japan, BBC performances, and concert tours in Las Vegas and around the world. He earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for his dynamic role as Bernardo in the film classic, West Side Story. In the late 1950s, Chakiris was cast as Riff, leader of the Jets, in the London production of West Side Story. He was later chosen to play Riff’s arch rival, Bernardo, in the 1961 theatrical release. Before his big break, George appeared in films with icons like Cyd Charisse, Mitzi Gaynor, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly and Rosemary Clooney. He performed in There’s No Business Like Show Business, Brigadoon, White Christmas, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe. In 1991, the French Government’s Minister of Culture awarded George the status of “Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” for his contributions to the Arts. His most recent awards include the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s “Impact Award” (2015) and Tremaine’s “Legendary Entertainer of the Year” Award (2017). George prides himself in sharing his legacy, knowledge and experiences with aspiring artists in the performing arts.
Annette Insdorf is Professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular “Reel Pieces” series at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, where she has interviewed over 200 film celebrities. She is the author of Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has; Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman, and the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel). Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, and she received the Mel Novikoff Award from the 2018 San Francisco Film Festival.
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