West Side Story (Play 1957 – Film 1961)

They need to REVIVE this – this was such a great Movie! You know it was based on Romeo and Juliet!!! I REMEMBER having the LP and wearing it out – learning to sing all the songs!!!

Thank you Alan Sissons – for sending these songs – I am not going to re-write them – they are Great as they are. Please enjoy!

About the Musical:

The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim’s Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957, but the award for Best Musical went to Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.

A 1961 musical film of the same name, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won ten, including George Chakiris for Supporting Actor, Rita Moreno for Supporting Actress, and the Best Picture.

The Album won a Grammy in 1961 for the Best Jazz Performance.