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WEST SIDE STORY (1957)

The gem of Broadway musicals, West Side Story's commentary on love and prejudice is relevant to any time and place. This groundbreaking collaboration among Bernstein, Jerome Robbins (conception and choreography), Arthur Laurents (book), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) captured the fiber of American society through its best and worst characteristics. West Side Story first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and garnered outstanding reviews. The 1961 soundtrack to the feature film version continues to hold the record for number of weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's chart (54).

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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:

"This show [West Side Story] is my baby... If it goes as well in New York as it has on the road we will have proved something very big indeed and maybe changed the face of American Musical Theater."

-Leonard Bernstein in a letter to David Diamond, 1957

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