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West Side Story

West Side Story




The classic Leonard Bernstein musical that began Sondheim's career, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; one of the most performed productions in American history.


Story:

When Tony goes to support the Jets at a school dance he meets Maria, the sister of the Shark's leader, Bernardo, and falls in love. They dream of overcoming their differences, but gang violence makes it impossible for them to live happily ever after.


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Composer

Composer
Leonard Bernstein

Lyricist

Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Librettist

Librettist
Arthur Laurents



  • Premiere
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1980
  • 2009
  • 1961 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway Theatre
Opening Night
Sep 26, 1957
Total Performances
732
Original Cast
Mickey Calin, Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Ken Le Roy, Chita Rivera, Art Smith, Lee Becker, Grover Dale, Arch Johnson, Tony Mordente, Eddie Roll, David Winters, Tommy Abbott, William Bramley, Hank Brunjes, Erne Castaldo, Martin Charnin, Marilyn Cooper, Wilma Curley, Carole D'Andrea, Al De Sio, Marilyn D'Honau, Gene Gavin, Frank Green, Reri Grist, Carmen Gutierrez, John Harkins, Lowell Harris, Ronnie Lee, George Marcy, Jack Murray, Jay Norman, Julie Oser, Liane Plane, Nanette Rosen, Lynn Ross, Jamie Sanchez, Noel Schwartz, Elizabeth Taylor
Director
Jerome Robbins
Choreographer
Jerome Robbins
Producer
Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince
Musical Director
Max Goberman
Orchestrations
Leonard Bernstein
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal
Sound Design
Sound Associates, Inc.

1960 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Winter Garden Theatre, Alvin Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 27, 1960
Total Performances
249
Original Cast
Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Pat Birch, Thomas Hasson, George Marcy, Allyn Ann McLerie, Judy Aldene, Robert Avian, Vince Baggetta, Barry Burns, Martin Charnin, Sterling Clark, Doug Clarke, Hope Clarke, Donald Corby, Richard Corrigan, Miguel De Vega, Ed Dutton, Roger Franklin, Eddie Gasper, Glenn Gibson, Ted Gunther, Audrey Hays, Ross Hertz, Alan Johnson, Gloria Lambert, Sandy Leeds, Lee Lewis, George Liker, Eddie Miller, Barbara Monte, Anna Marie Moylan, Albert M. Ottenheimer, Danii Prior, Genii Prior, Poligena Rogers, Marc Scott, Carmine Terra, Kent Thomas, Ben Vargas
Director
Jerome Robbins
Choreographer
Jerome Robbins
Producer
Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
Musical Director
Joseph Lewis
Orchestrations
Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal

1964 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
Apr 8, 1964
Total Performances
31
Original Cast
Richard Balin, Joe Bennett, Barry Burns, Eileen Casey, Marilyn Cooper, Joseph Corby, Diana Corto, Wilma Curley, Steve Curry, Harry Davis, B.J. DeSimone, Hamp Dickens, Frank Downing, Tina Faye, Eliot Feld, Carlos Gorbea, Ted Gunther, Lolli Hinton, Gloria Kaye, Luba Lisa, Danny Lockin, Tobie Lynn, Erin Martin, John McCook, Don McKay, Julia Migenes, James Moore, Carmen Morales, Brooks Morton, Larry Moss, Jay Norman, Tim Ramirez, Barbara Rogers, Noel Schwartz, Mark Jude Sheil, Jo Jo Smith, Carmine Terra, Kent Thomas, Ella Thompson
Director
Gerald Freedman
Choreographer
Tom Abbott
Producer
New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director
Charles Jaffe
Scenic Design
Peter Wolf
Costume Design
Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal

1980 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Minskoff Theatre
Opening Night
Feb 14, 1980
Total Performances
333
Original Cast
Debbie Allen, Jossie de Guzman, Ken Marshall, Cleve Asbury, Brent Barrett, John Bentley, Harolyn Blackwell, Stephen Bogardus, Yamil Borges, Mark Bove, Nancy Louise Chismar, Ray Contreras, Marlène Danielle, Gary-Michael Davies, Michael De Lorenzo, Mark Fotopoulos, Michael Franks, Charlene Gehm, Heather Lea Gerdes, Arch Johnson, Reed Jones, Brian Kaman, Amy Lester, Todd Lester, James J. Mellon, Héctor Jaime Mercado, Georganna Mills, Mark Morales, Michael Rivera, Adrian Rosario, Willie Rosario, Sammy Smith, Nancy Ticotin, Darryl Tribble, Jake Turner, Frankie Wade, G. Russell Weilandich, Missy Whitchurch, Stephanie E. Williams
Director
Jerome Robbins
Choreographer
Jerome Robbins
Producer
Gladys Rackmil, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and James M. Nederlander
Musical Director
John DeMain and Donald Jennings
Orchestrations
Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal
Sound Design
Jack Mann

2009 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Palace Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 19, 2009
Total Performances
748
Original Cast
George Akram, Matt Cavenaugh, Cody Green, Karen Olivo, Josefina Scaglione, Nicholas Barasch, Steve Bassett, Kyle Brenn, Joshua Buscher, Isaac Calpito, Mike Cannon, Peter John Chursin, Kyle Coffman, Lindsay Dunn, Yurel Echezarreta, Joey Haro, Eric Hatch, Manuel Herrera, Curtis Holbrook, Marina Lazzaretto, Yanira Marin, Michael Mastro, Mileyka Mateo, Kaitlin Mesh, Kat Nejat, Pamela Otterson, Danielle Polanco, Sam Rogers, Michael Rosen, Amy Ryerson, Jennifer Sanchez, Manuel Santos, Lee Sellars, Tro Shaw, Ryan Steele, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Greg Vinkler
Director
Arthur Laurents
Choreographer
Joey McKneely
Producer
Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller, Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America
Musical Director
Patrick Vaccariello
Orchestrations
Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Scenic Design
James Youmans
Costume Design
David C. Woolard
Lighting Design
Howell Binkley
Sound Design
Dan Moses Schreier

1961 Film Version

Movie Name
West Side Story
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Screenplay
Ernest Lehman
Starring
Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer







CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
2009 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
Motion Picture Soundtrack

CD
1985 Studio Cast Highlights Album

CD
50th Anniversary Recording

CD
1997 Studio Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections

Sheetmusic
Vocal Score


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray

DVD
The Making of West Side Story DVD

Blu-Ray
Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story


Books

Book
Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination


Other

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1958 Tony Award Nominations

Best Scenic Design
Best Choreography
Best Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Carol Lawrence
Best Costume Design
Best Conductor and Musical Director

1964 Tony Award Nominations

Best Conductor and Musical Director
Best Producer (Musical)

1980 Tony Award Nominations

Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Debbie Allen
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Jossie de Guzman
Best Reproduction (Play or Musical)

1980 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Debbie Allen

2009 Tony Award Nominations

Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Karen Olivo
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Actress in a Musical - Josefina Scaglione
Best Lighting Design of a Musical

2009 Theatre World Award Nominations

Josefina Scaglione

P2009 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Karen Olivo

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