June 5th, 2018

wss 1957 tony maria by teragramm

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Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, and the Road to West Side Story
When Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins met 75 years ago, they were young men hungry for their Big Break. Little did they know their partnership would make waves for decades to come.


In 1947, the photographer Irving Penn made a black-and-white portrait of a young American musician. He is seated on drab carpeting draped over a chaise-like shape, vaguely old-world. The carpet’s mossy folds throw luxuriant shadows, and the musician upon them wears white tie and tails, a black overcoat caping his shoulders. He is relaxed, his left elbow propped on his left leg, which is hitched up on the seat, and his left cheekbone resting in his left hand as he gazes into the camera. His only visible ear, the right, is large—and as centrally positioned in the portrait as middle C. Is this a fin de siècle poet dressed for the theater? Is that a cigarette butt lying on the floor? Leonard Bernstein never looked more beautiful.
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