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Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: Arthur Laurents

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.

CD at


Movie soundtrack CD at

Book about the 1961 movie: West Side Story: The Jets, the Sharks, and the Making of a Classic (Turner Classic Movies), by Richard Barrios, hardcover at


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.





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


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