19 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's nearly alarming how charming West Side Story remains long after the film's 1961 release. Composer Leonard Bernstein and tyro lyricist Stephen Sondheim update Romeo and Juliet with beautiful balladry ("Maria," "Tonight," "Somewhere") and songs that deliver incisive social commentary with complex rhymes and plenty of jokes ("Jet Song," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke"). The New York Philharmonic gives the Broadway classic a special kick, especially during Bernstein's lively Stravinsky-influenced instrumentals, including "Prologue," "The Rumble," and the memorable "Dance at the Gym."

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's nearly alarming how charming West Side Story remains long after the film's 1961 release. Composer Leonard Bernstein and tyro lyricist Stephen Sondheim update Romeo and Juliet with beautiful balladry ("Maria," "Tonight," "Somewhere") and songs that deliver incisive social commentary with complex rhymes and plenty of jokes ("Jet Song," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke"). The New York Philharmonic gives the Broadway classic a special kick, especially during Bernstein's lively Stravinsky-influenced instrumentals, including "Prologue," "The Rumble," and the memorable "Dance at the Gym."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Yoyotojo ,

Have to have it!

I just watched the movie and instantly fell in love with the music and film. Probably one of my favourite soundtracks/albums because every song is just so wonderful!

J from Baltimore ,

An all-time favorite

I purchased my copy at a yard sale. The cover is so well-worn..., with bits of white paper peaking through the red. It has likely been listened to by someone or other on a regular basis for 50 years! It's just that good. The only problem is that the groove deteriorates a bit with so much usage. I've grown accustomed to each and every pop as if it were part of the score. However, I think it's time for a fresh copy for my iPod. I think I'll at least purchase "Tonight", "Quintet" and "Somewhere", if not the whole album.

Iluvtangled ,

Awesome wanna see it badly

Washing machine in America! Lol I like that song... Hehe

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