OutFest's West Side Story Sing-A-Long

— by Caroline on Crack

Flickr Shot by Mjutabor

Flickr Shot by mjutabor

Who doesn’t love musicals? Especially musicals where the audience is allowed to sing along to their favorite tunes at the top of their lungs? But before you think I’m trying to get you to go to one of those annoying family outings, this one is West Side Story, presented by OutFest 2006, the 24th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

On Wednesday, July 12th at the Ford Amphitheatre, OutFest will show the classic forbidden love story/musical_,_ __and what little kid knows the words to any songs from _that_ movie? I can’t picture 8-year-olds singing “Tonight” or “Cool.” _The Sound of Music_ it ain’t. There are knife fights, murder, racism and a whole lot of tight pants.

From the OutFest site:

Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical score transports you to another world in this milestone film which garnered 10 Oscars…Society did not accept Tony and Maria’s hopes and dreams. If you have ever felt a similar feeling, this film will find a place in your heart.

And a cool thing about this screening at the outdoor amphitheatre is that, like the Hollywood Bowl, you can bring your own picnic. Other food options: order a box dinner in advance to avoid waiting in line and your dinner will be ready when you arrive OR try the snack bar and indoor bar at this venue. That’s right, there’s a bar.

So I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to singing “I Feel Pretty” while under the influence with a 1,000-plus other OutFest attendees.

Tickets ($15) go on sale Thursday, June 8 at 10am.

EVENT: Wednesday, July 12 at 8:30pm

Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90068