West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]


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Created in 1957 by some of modern theater's greatest talents -- composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, author Arthur Laurents, and director-choreographer Jerome Robbins -- West Side Story is a musical masterpiece. The original cast recording of this variation on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is vibrant and crackles with tension. A superbly talented cast featuring Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera, and Larry Kert makes the most of modern classics "Maria," "Somewhere," the heartbreakingly poignant "One Hand, One Heart," and "Tonight." Bernstein's brilliant score and orchestrations evince a wide array of influences, ranging from classical to jazz, from ballet to African rhythms, on propulsive compositions like "Cool," "The Rumble," the Latin-inflected "America," and the dramatic "A Boy Like That." No Broadway collection should be without this tremendous and thrilling recording.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646072424
catalogNumber: 60724


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Carol Lawrence   Vocals,cast
New York Philharmonic   Performing Ensemble
Irwin Kostal   Performing Ensemble
Ronnie Lee   Vocals,cast
Sid Ramin   Performing Ensemble
Martin Charnin   Vocals,cast
Marilyn Cooper   Vocals
Larry Kert   Vocals,cast
Max Goberman   Musical Direction
Chita Rivera   Vocals,cast
Frank Green   cast
Marilyn d'Honau   Vocals,cast
Gene Gavin   Vocals,cast
Lee Becker   Vocals,cast
William Bramley   Vocals
Hank Brunjes   Vocals,cast
Mickey Calin   Vocals,cast
Erne Castaldo   Vocals,cast
Wilma Curley   Vocals,cast
Grover Dale   Vocals,cast
Carole d'Andrea   Vocals,cast
Al De Sio   Vocals,cast
Carmen Gutierrez   Vocals
Lowell Harris   Vocals,cast
George Marcy   Vocals,cast
Tony Mordente   Vocals,cast
Jay Norman   Vocals,cast
Julie Oser   Vocals,cast
Liane Plane   Vocals
Eddie Roll   Vocals,cast
Nanette Rosen   Vocals,cast
Noel Schwartz   Vocals,cast
David Winters   Vocals,cast
Elizabeth Taylor   Vocals
Jack Murray   Vocals,cast
John Harkins   Vocals
Tommy Abbott   Vocals
Lynn Ross   Vocals
Ken Le Roy   cast
Jamie Sanchez   cast
Arch Johnson   Vocals
Reri Grist   Vocals
Art Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer,Orchestration
Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Irwin Kostal   Contributor,Orchestration
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
John McClure   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Sid Ramin   Contributor,Orchestration
Harold Prince   Arranger
Edward T. Graham   Engineer
Max Goberman   Director,Musical Director
Ken Mandelbaum   Liner Notes,Synopsis
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Irene Sharaff   Costume Design
Arthur Laurents   Book
Peter Gennaro   Choreographer
Robert E. Griffith   Arranger
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production

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West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Music in West Side Story soars. The melodies are beautiful and SO much fun to sing and the lyrics are incredible. Everything is so poetic and fun about these songs. The soundtrack is a must have... The story does parallel Romeo and Juliet but it is completely different. There are so many good things I could say about this show it's clearly an all time favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show has the most gorgeous music! It is a modern tale of Romeo and Juliet and is a classic love story about tolerance for different races, etc. I would also suggest seeing it.
luvsuspence More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. Now I have updated to CD format.
LaurelC More than 1 year ago
I purchased this CD by accident - I really wanted the music from the movie. It is a great CD, yet it didn't meet my requirements - I fall in love with the music from whatever source I first hear it, and since I never saw the original Broadway musical, this isnt' the music I was looking for. For those who seek the original Broadway musical, you will be delighted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really, there is nothing negative you can say about the beautiful, moving, powerful, and sometimes hilarious music. It has been said that Lenard Bernstein's score will never be equaled. Whatever the case, West Side Story will go down in history as one of the greatest and most influential musicals of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a great cast recording! i love all the songs....and the voices are awesome
peter-england More than 1 year ago
Very moving especially Reri Griest Singing Somewhere None can compare, Bonus tracks outstanding
Guest More than 1 year ago
West Side Story is known for being one of the most popular musicals of all time. The only thing better than the show itself, is the Leonard Bernstein score. The music in this show is incredible and will be loved by generation upon generation! However, this specific cast is not that spectacular, there being one exception - the amazing Chita Rivera, who plays the part of Anita.