March Monikers: “Gee, Officer Krupke”


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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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2 Responses to March Monikers: “Gee, Officer Krupke”

  1. This song occupies a special place in my life. It has crossed my path in a significant way twice.

    I played Officer Krupke a few years ago for a youth production (being slightly too old to count as ‘youth’), which was great fun, even if I did end up rather bruised after the run. Not as bruised as some of the Jets, though.

    Then last year, one of the local groups did a concert version of the show, and in a moment of madness decided to cast me as all of the Jets for this song. So I performed it as a solo, with others joining in for the chorus, which meant I got to put on several different characters with four different voices. The end, where the judge, psychiatrist and social worker offer their opinions one after the other was, well, crazy. The audience loved it, but it was definitely rather bizarre!

  2. David Fick says:

    Wow! That sounds like Mandy Patinkin doing his take on “Buddy’s Blues” in the Follies concert!

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