ARTIST: Original Broadway Cast
TITLE: West Side Story
YEAR RELEASED: 1957
CHART ACTION: #5
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Jet Song, Maria, Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty, Somewhere
LINEUP: Lead Vocalists: Reri Grist, Michael Callan, Grover Dale, Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Ken Leroy, Tony Mordente, Chita Rivera, Eddie Roll, Leonard Bernstein and Irwin Kostal’s orchestras
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Original cast recording for one of the most loved musicals ever.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Many know the movie soundtrack, but the Original Cast recording was also popular when it was released in 1957.
You probably know the basics: Sharks vs. Jets. Tony and Maria. Romeo and Juliet. The songs and orchestration and fabulous though, even if these are different performances than what you may be used to hearing. The orchestras are what make this pop to me. Larry Kert as Tony and Carol Lawrence as Maria give top notch performance.
If you like musicals, you’ll love this.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This didn’t win the best musical at the Tony Awards. The Music Man won instead.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, there is an extended version with more orchestration.
GRADE: A-: So many standards here, and great performances.