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“Wild Style,” Written, Produced, And Directed By Charlie Ahearn

As a tourist attraction the South Bronx has little going for it. Visitors to this poorly served, largely Hispanic and black community are likely to be sociologists or vote-seeking politicians with an entourage of bodyguards and TV cameras. In Wild Style, however, the media (in the shape of a rather self-conscious Patti Astor) comes to the South Bronx to report on some youthful phenomena, news of which is making waves in a WASP art world always on the lookout for new sensations. Wild Style is a celebration of the vitality that generated graffiti art, rap, and break dancing within an ethnic subculture whose opportunities for self-expression in the mainstream of society have been seriously limited.

Charlie Ahearn, with collaboration on the soundtrack by Fred Brathwaite, AKA Fab 5 Freddie, and Chris Stein, has made a musical in which, as with most examples of this genre, what is lacking in the

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