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Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist
Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career— and who is trying to surprise us one more time.

By LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

Sondheim: I hope you don’t mind doing this upstairs, I’m feeling a bit under the weather.

It’s July 2017. We are on the second floor of Stephen Sondheim’s Midtown Manhattan townhouse, and he’s nestled on his writing couch. There’s a famous picture of him reclining in this very spot from 1960: young Sondheim staring intently at a pad of paper, Blackwing pencil at the ready, framed by two windows. His right hand on his face, deep in thought.
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Beyond the Baton: Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses Bernstein's "West Side Story" in Concert, which The Philadelphia Orchestra performs under his baton October 12-15, 2017, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.




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Happy Birthday to Ali Ewoldt .
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Energy and Reflection

The Boston Symphony was first out of the blocks in this season’s race to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, devoting its gala opening last Friday to the composer’s music. With Julia Bullock and Frederica von Stade on hand, there was good stuff on offer, best of all the orchestra’s divine flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, in “Halil,” a lament for a fallen Israeli soldier. The conductor Andris Nelsons, though, wholly misconceived the Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”: rhythms were limp and textures too lurid. In its flat efficiency, it reminded me just how exhilaratingly great was the Bernstein I heard from Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar youth orchestra from Venezuela at the BBC Proms in 2007. Never since have I been in a hall that crackled with such energy, nor left one on such a high. I used to look in hope at the red, yellow and blue jacket that I took home after a percussionist, probably little older than I was, threw it to me in the crowd. A decade later, we cannot be so naïve about this Venezuelan project, even if a few of its hundreds of thousands of musicians have inspired with their protests against the Maduro regime. But just listen to the innocent tenderness with which these players unfurl Lenny’s elegy for a young dream lost. How sad a meaning it has taken on now. DAVID ALLEN




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Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story received its first Broadway performances in 1957. The musical tells the story of an impossible romance between two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, the Romeo and Juliet of 1950s New York City. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone.


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In several concerts this season the BSO celebrates the centennial of the great Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor, Broadway and concert composer, pianist, educator, and personality whose talent changed the course of American music. Born in Lawrence, MA, in 1918, Bernstein attended Boston Latin School and Harvard University. A member of the very first class of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1940 and a protégé of legendary BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky, Bernstein remained a dynamic, irrepressible, and inspiring presence at Tanglewood for fifty years. Led by Andris Nelsons, this Opening Night program features popular vocal selections sung by host Frederica von Stade and acclaimed soprano Julia Bullock, as well as BSO principal flute Elizabeth Rowe. Bookending the program are the composer's delightfully varied Divertimento and familiar, vibrant music drawn from "West Side Story".
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On This Day, September 26- It All Began Tonight! WEST SIDE STORY Opens on Broadway

by Stage Tube 

It all began tonight! On this day in 1957, West Side Story celebrates its opening night at the Winter Garden Theater!


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It's been 60 years since #WestSideStory first graced the stage with its tale of youth, immigration, gang violence, and love and a show that continues to inspire generation after generation of dancers.
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Symphony Tacoma Announces Vocal Soloists For West Side Story

By The Suburban Times

Symphony Tacoma will open its 2017-2018 Season with the first official observance of the highly anticipated Bernstein Centennial in the Pacific Northwest. Music Director Sarah Ioannides, whose contract with the Symphony was recently extended through 2024, will present a program featuring music from the composer/conductor’s most famous musical, West Side Story; his film score for On the Waterfront; and his opera Candide.
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Finding themselves in West Side Story
The people behind one of the world's most beloved musicals connects with the show in more ways than one.

by Dylan Tan

SOME of us have grown up watching West Side Story but for certain members of the cast and crew, the Arthur Laurents musical is part of their lives.

Take director Joey McKneely. He was first introduced to the show by its original choreographer Jerome Robbins, and impressed the latter so much that he was asked to direct and choreograph his version at La Scala Opera House in Milan 17 years ago.
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Tickets Go on Sale for Ali Ewoldt in West Side Story: In Concert

By Robert Viagas

The 2018 McCallum Theatre concert will feature leads from Broadway and national tours of the Bernstein-Sondheim musical.

Ali Ewoldt, who recently starred on Broadway as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, and Matthew Hydzik and Natalie Cortez, who both appeared in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, have been tapped for the leads in a special concert version of the latter musical March 9–11, 2018, at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California.
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Happy Birthday to Carol Lawrence

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