January 10th, 2012

west side story by mrbnatural

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"It all began tonight"
Marni Nixon and Jimmy Bryant reminisce about recording Maria's and Tony's songs

Interview by
Michael Portantiere

In the multi-Oscar-winning 1961 film version of West Side Story, Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer appear as Maria and Tony — but the stars' singing voices were provided by Marni Nixon and Jimmy Bryant, who dubbed every note of their vocals for no credit and relatively little pay. More than a half-century after they recorded "Tonight," "Somewhere" and a handful of other immortal Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim songs for the soundtrack, Nixon and Bryant granted TSR a joint telephone interview, she speaking from New York and he from Los Angeles.
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wss national dance by skybound2

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'West Side Story' film vs. stage musical
The original stage musical of "West Side Story" — now revived and touring to Seattle — differs from the well-known film in key ways. Here's a short "compare and contrast" by Seattle Times theater critic and "West Side Story" historian, Misha Berson.

By Misha Berson
Seattle Times theater critic

Love the movie of "West Side Story"? Never seen the musical done live?

There are several good reasons why any major "West Side Story" fan should grab a chance to see the show in revival, like the full-dress Broadway version coming to Paramount next week. But bear in mind that the movie and the show are not identical, because the original creators didn't have total control of the work once Hollywood scooped it up.

Reasons for going
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