West Side Story

Feature

Friday, September 21, 2007

On the 50th anniversary of its debut on Broadway, we hear one of the rarely-told stories about the musical’s legendary creators Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim. WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores how Cold War tensions simmered under the surface of the show’s ethnic gang battles.

Contributors:

Sara Fishko

Comments [2]

Beppy from Medford, Oregon

When I was in 4th grade in San Jose, California, (1961) I was lucky enough to get into a small choral group at school. Our enlightened and inspiring leader and teacher--taught us songs from West Side Story!!--which we were thrilled with--though we had little idea of the real
significance of the music and the play at that time. I love those songs and they are with me still--I wish i could remember that teacher's name--I'll always be grateful to him.

Sep. 23 2007 06:48 PM
ROBERT DEVITO from springfield, va

WEST SIDE STORY IS PHENOMENAL

THE STORY,SCORE AND DANCE ROUTINES WERE DEFINITLY A BENCHMARK - A TURNING POINT FOR THR AMERICAN THEATER. LOVED IT!!

Sep. 21 2007 09:15 PM

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