Over at comedy site College Humour they have created a really funny and clever parody of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Rather than talking about the rivalry of two gangs in New York City (as the original West Side Story does), the parody uses excerpts from the same songs as West Side Story, but instead weaves the action around how our everyday lives evolve around the internet.
The song “I Feel Pretty” turns into
“I’m on Twitter, I’m on Twitter,
And I’m tweating and singing a song about tweeting
But it’s seven characters too long.
I’m on Facebook, I’m on Facebook,
And my Facebook updates with my tweets,
So I twitter,
And then everybody knows my deeds.”
Compare this to the original lyrics:
“I feel pretty, Oh so pretty
I feel pretty and witty and gay*
And I pity, any girl who isn’t me today.
I feel charming, Oh so charming
It’s alarming how charming I feel
And so pretty, that I hardly can believe I’m real”
(* gay in those days simply went by its original meaning of “happy”)
So, Maria, rather than being a love song about a girl from the other side of the divide, turns into “Pandora, I’ve just found a site called Pandora”. “I Like To Be In America” turns into “I Like To Be On EHarmony”
To compare, here is a clip from the “Original” 1962 film version: