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What Makes It Great? From "On the Town" to "West Side Story" - Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein

Posted January 28, 2016

"What Makes It Great?" From "On the Town" to "West Side Story" - Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City on Monday, February 8th.

Hosted by NPR Commentator/Conductor/Pianist Rob Kapilow
Featuring Broadway stars Sally Wilfert (Assassins) & Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!)

Today it seems incomprehensible that Leonard Bernstein endured brutal criticism for throwing away his talent on Broadway musicals like On the Town and West Side Story. His attempts to bring a classical compositional technique into the world of the popular theater ruffled more than a few feathers, and though Bernstein expected other classical composers to follow his lead, his extraordinary blend of the serious and the popular remains unique in Broadway history. Host Rob Kapilow explores Bernstein's attempts to reimagine the possibilities of musical theater in a program that will forever change the way you see Tony and Maria!

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