A Boy Like That

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"A Boy Like That/I Have A Love" is a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In the musical, the song is sung by the characters Anita and Maria. For the original Broadway cast recording, the song was performed by Chita Rivera (Anita) and Carol Lawrence (Maria). In the 1960 film version the roles were played by Rita Moreno and Natalie Wood, but the songs were dubbed by Betty Wand and Marni Nixon (as both Anita and Maria). However, the repeat of the two stanzas, sung by Anita, along with Maria's counterpoint of her defense, was omitted because of the complexity of the song, as well as to avoid the repetition, which would have slowed down the pace of the film.[citation needed]

In 2010, Lin Manuel Miranda and Raul Esparza performed the song at Broadway Backwards, an annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS showcase of show tunes sung by different genders. Miranda played Anita, while Esparza played Maria.[1]

Selena version[edit]

"A Boy Like That"
Single by Selena
from the album Selena
ReleasedApril 2, 1996
FormatCD, Promo single
RecordedMarch 2, 1995
Songwriter(s)Leonard Bernstein
Stephen Sondheim
Producer(s)Abraham Quintanilla Jr
Selena singles chronology
"God's Child"
"A Boy Like That"
"Last Dance/The Hustle/On The Radio"

In 1995 Selena recorded "A Boy Like That" for the various-artists compilation album The Songs of West Side Story, which was a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles.[2] After Selena's death, RCA Victor released a remix album with four versions of "A Boy Like That", all remixed by Tony Moran. The song was also included on the soundtrack album Selena. David Pack produced the track and Sheila E. performed percussion. Additional vocals were provided by Michelle Weeks, Godwin, and Nikki Richards.

Track listing[edit]

US remixes

  1. A Boy Like That (Radio Edit 1) 4:06
  2. A Boy Like That (Radio Edit 2) 4:06
  3. A Boy Like That (Original Edit) 3:28
  4. A Boy Like That (Extended Remix) 8:14
  5. A Boy Like That (Guitar Mix) 4:54
  6. A Boy Like That (Dub Mix) 8:40
  7. A Boy Like That (Tribal Mix) 7:13
  8. A Boy Like That (Original Full Version) 5:51


  1. ^ "A Boy Like That at Broadway Backwards 2010".
  2. ^ Jennifer (2006-09-11). "The Songs Of West Side Story - Various Artists - CD - Reviews & Prices @ Yahoo! Shopping". Shopping.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-01-17.

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