Original Broadway Cast - West Side Story


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Razor & Tie

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Broadway

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ARZR 68018
UPC: 793018368018
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180 Gram Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP

$45.98

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Original Broadway cast reissue

Cut from the original 3-track tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Legendary 1957 stereo recording spread across 2LPs for the first time

Produced by Goddard Lieberson and recorded by Fred Plaut and Edward T. Graham at Columbia 30th Street Studio

Plated and pressed at RTI, Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket

Much has been written about "West Side Story," which began as a transmogrification of "Romeo and Juliet" as a feud between the Jews and Gentiles living on the east side in modern-day New York, only to morph into a confrontation between two street gangs, one American the other Puerto Rican, on the upper west side of
the city.

Initially, Leonard Bernstein, its composer, was to have written both music and lyrics, but Stephen Sondheim was eventually brought in to handle the latter. With Arthur Laurents contributing the book, and Jerome Robbins devising the staging, the show opened to great acclaim on September 26, 1957 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it played 732 performances, and was subsequently revived several times on Broadway and around the country. But it was the film version, made three years later with Natalie Wood as Maria, that ensured its popularity worldwide.

Although there are many recorded versions of the percussive score available, the original cast album, with its fresh, spontaneous performances, remains the standard by which all others are measured.



Side 1
Prologue and Jet Song
Something’s Coming
The Dance at the Gym
Maria

Side 2
Tonight
America
Cool
One Hand, One Heart

Side 3
Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)
The Rumble
I Feel Pretty
Somewhere (Ballet)

Side 4
Gee, Officer Krupke
A Boy Like That/I Have a Love
Finale

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