Highlights from Encore Learning Presents: West Side Story with Dan Sherman

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!

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