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I was thinking of making the title of post with, “I gotta social disease!” But I think people might get the wrong idea.
I can remember hearing West Side Story growing up. My mom had the cassette version of Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa singing it!
I think it was something like 6 cassettes long…
I didn’t really understand it then, but I knew that the music was pretty. Going on and going to voice lessons, my voice teacher gave me the song, “I Feel Pretty” to sing ( Spoiler this is not my favorite song from West Side), but it did get me interested in the music again. I got the Original Broadway Cast Recording of West Side, starring non other than Chita Rivera and loved it!
Sidenote, my mom and I saw Chita in her one woman show when she came to Cincinnati. Even in her 70’s Chita is still amazing! She danced like I will never be able to! Love her!
Moving on…West Side Story not only has amazing songs written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, but beautiful and innovative choreography by Jerome Robbins.
Okay, so favorite songs:
I like how the stories overlap and the melodies are all intertwined. Bernstein knew what he was doing.
Gee Officer Krupke
Really, I love all the songs from West Side, really. They are all pretty perfect for the modern-day Romeo and Juliet that plays out in the streets.
I was lucky enough to see the revival with my mom in 2009. Matt Cavenaugh (Tony), Josefina Scaglione (Maria), and Karen Olivo (Anita) rounded out the cast. Needless to say, they were all amazing. I had seen Karen Olivo in, “In the Heights” and loved her voice and sass. She didn’t disappoint as Anita, there was plenty of sass to go around. Matt Cavenaugh really surprised me with his voice, it was powerful, but at the same time innocent, clean and clear. Josefina was amazing! The notes she could hit were mind-boggling!
Do you have a favorite West Side character or song? (Mom??;)