Licensing Company: MTI
West Side Story (Alternate Version)
Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.
This version is based on the Original 1957 Broadway Production.
This musical is arguably the most iconic show in the entire musical theater canon. In this licensed orchestration, there is just a single synth book that adds color and depth to the live musicians. This book is strictly orchestral in nature and includes many instruments and sounds that the average production will likely not be able to cover. Although not an “essential” addition to the orchestra pit, you will likely find you are missing instruments and certain lines that you are accustomed to hearing on the various cast recordings if you forego the programming.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: Arthur Laurents
Conceived by: Jerome Robbins
Music by: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Musical Director: Max Goberman
Music orchestrated by: Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
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