West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast)

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West Side Story
Cast recording by the original Broadway cast of West Side Story
Released 1957
Recorded 9/29/1957
CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City
Genre cast recording
Length 78:04
Label Columbia
Producer Goddard Lieberson
Sylvia Drulie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast) is the 1957 recording of a Broadway production of the musical West Side Story. Recorded 3 days after the show opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, the recording was released in October 1957 in both mono and stereo formats. In 1962, the album reached #5 on Billboard's "Pop Album" chart. It certified "gold" by the RIAA on January 12, 1962. The album was reissued in 1973 and made its first appearance on CD in 1986. A 1997 remastered edition includes nine additional tracks of Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic through symphonic versions of the songs at the Manhattan Center on March 6, 1961.[2]

It was recorded at the CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

  1. "Prologue" – 3:50
  2. "Jet Song" – 2:10
  3. "Something's Coming" – 2:40
  4. "The Dance at the Gym" – 3:06
  5. "Maria" – 2:40
  6. "Tonight" – 3:53
  7. "America" – 4:35
  8. "Cool" – 4:01
  9. "One Hand, One Heart" – 3:03
  10. "Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)" – 3:40
  11. "The Rumble" – 2:45
  12. "I Feel Pretty" – 2:50
  13. "Somewhere (Ballet)" – 7:35
  14. "Gee, Officer Krupke" – 4:05
  15. "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" – 4:18
  16. "Finale" – 2:02

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Prologue (Allegro Moderato)" – 4:07
  2. "Somewhere (Adagio)" – 3:51
  3. "Scherzo (Vivace E Leggiero)" – 1:17
  4. "Mambo (Meno Presto)" – 2:14
  5. "Cha-Cha (Andantino con Grazia)" – :53
  6. "Meeting Scene (Meno Mosso)" – :47
  7. "Cool Fugue (Allegretto)" – 3:03
  8. "Rumble (Molto Allegro)" – 1:52
  9. "Finale (Adagio)" – 2:47

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

Release history[edit]

  • Columbia LP: OS 2001 (stereo) also OL 5230 (mono)—issued 1957
  • Columbia LP: S 32603—issued 1973
  • Columbia CD: CK 32603—issued 1986
  • Columbia Broadway Masterworks CD: SK 60724—issued 1997
  • Hallmark CD: 709782—issued 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ West Side Story The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide. Accessed September 24, 2007.