March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
“Gee, Officer Krupke” is an absolutely brilliant piece of social satire the classic musical, West Side Story. With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the song documents a possible and all too probably probable downward spiral for boys who have taken up with what might have been “bad influences” in the 1950s. A sharp, comic role play that develops out of the manic tension that has mounted up after the killings of Riff and Bernardo, the song was shifted to an earlier spot in the film version where it is just as comic, but less disturbing.
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