Dan Sherman presented on West Side Story (WSS) on January 25, 2021.
He has generously compiled the clips he shared so you may enjoy them at your leisure.
Interview with Arthur Laurents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDnM082qoM
Interview with Stephen Sondheim (WSS discussion about 20 minutes in): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp1-IZZ2UVk
Excerpts from the ballet Fancy Free with Robbins as dancer …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ_KFv8XVjI
Howard Goodall’s excellent analysis of the music of West Side Story (starts about 21:30 in):
Clips of the original cast of the stage show of WSS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oVM1LXOids
Carol Lawrence recalls the opening night of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZbbQJKZKpU
Natalie Wood’s own voice with Marni Nixon covering parts of it from the movie — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxT9TlrACOU
Bernstein conducting the Symphonic Dances from WSS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srb2EyvTSGw
Documentary on Bernstein conducting the WSS album with Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras: https://www.soundart.zone/leonard-bernstein-the-making-of-west-side-story/
The recent Turner Classic Movie book on the show/movie(s): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YSN3JTW
And finally Rob Kapilow’s great book on the American Songbook, which has two chapters on Bernstein (and two on Sondheim): https://www.amazon.com/Listening-America-American-Songbook-Gershwin/dp/
Again, thank you for your interest in this presentation. We have a nearly a year’s wait for the Spielberg movie, but there is always the 1961 classic and recordings of various productions, including the classic 1957 original.
Have a seat and enjoy!