Bernstein, Leonard: West Side Story

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Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Music: Leonard Bernstein Book: Arthur LaurentsLyrics: Stephen Sondheim Choreography: Jerome Robbins Original Cast (1957)Maria: Carol LawrenceTony: Larry KertAnita: Chita RiveraBernardo: Ken LeRoyRiff: Mickey CalinFilm Cast (United Artists, 1961)Maria: Natalie Wood (songs dubbed by Marni NixonRichard Beymer (songs dubbed by Jim Bryant)Anita: Rita Moreno (some songs dubbed by Betty Wand & Marni Nixon)Bernardo: George Chakiris Riff: Russ Tamblyn Tony Mardente, who played A-rab on the stage, was Action in the film. Of all the contributions of American culture to the arts, the Broadway musical is one of the most significant. Its predecessor, the European operetta (a play with spoken dialogue but abundant singing in operatic style), typically featured exotic settings, aristocratic characters, and wildly improbable plots. Although the musical`s roots were in England, it quickly evolved in the hands of such geniuses as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart and the incomparable George and Ira Gershwin into a distinctively American form featuring popular songs, many of which were to become standards, still widely performed and loved today. Leonard Bernstein took the musical to new heights of seriousness in his 1957 production, West Side Story, based loosely on Shakespeare`s Romeo and Juliet. Its true subject was the growing menace of gang warfare (or juvenile delinquency as it was known then) in the context of racial tensions ...

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