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West Side Story

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: Arthur Laurents
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Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert star in the 1957 original-cast recording of West Side Story.  This is my favorite of the various recordings of this music, but each of the recordings has  interesting aspects.

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Leonard Bernstein conducted a somewhat operatic recording with Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras.  Kiri sounds as if she should be singing Anna in The King and I, and Carreras has a Spanish accent that isn't appropriate for his character.  Still, the performance is pleasant.

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A new recording, with Hayley Westenra and Vittorio Grigolo, was released in 2007.

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