Posted by Sherry Harris on Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 12:07:52 :
In Reply to: Best SF Musical Experience Contest posted by Ron Filion on Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 07:44:09 :
On a wonderful San Francisco night, about 1960, my mother took me to see West Side Story at the Curren Theater. This was the perfect story for an impressionable teenager. As I sat transfixed, emersed in the characters, I found myself falling madly in love with Larry Kert who played Tony.
I couldn't get his image out of my thoughts for a very long. I hung up his picture on my bedroom wall. I talked incessantly about him and dreamed about being his "Juliet." I still have the program from that night to this day.
Through the years, when I heard the music from West Side Story or was reminded of it by something,I would wonder what had happened to Larry Kert? Had he found his own "Juliet?" Was he married with children? Had he continued acting?
The answer came a couple of years ago, while I was surfing the net. It was then I learned the sad truth about my "imaginary" teen love. Larry had passed away at age 60 in 1991 . . . of aids.
I'm glad I never knew the truth until now. I will hang on to my memories of the handsome young Tony and his Juliet.
And thanks to the Theater and the cast of West Side Story, it will always hold a special place in my heart because of an "imaginary" love, Larry Kert. May he rest in peace.
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