George Chakiris brings “West Side Story” to the wild west


George Chakiris, star of West Side Story, Debra Levine


Ellen Theatre director John Ludin, journalist Debra Levine, George Chakiris, star of West Side Story

Just returned from a wonderful screening of the majestic movie musical from 1961, “West Side Story,” seen in an unusual setting, The Ellen Theatre, a rare, preserved vaudeville theater in Bozeman, Montana. The movie’s Academy Award-winning star, the actor-singer-dancer George Chakiris, took part in a long interview and audience Q & A session. The enthusiastic Montana audience swarmed ’round Chakiris seeking autographs during intermission. One gentleman, seated in the front row clad in a cowboy hat, respectfully requested Chakiris to autograph his boot!

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