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"Somewhere" sometimes referred to as "Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)" or simply "There's a Place for Us" is a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story that was made into a film in 1961. The music is composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and takes a phrase from the slow movement of Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto, which forms the start of the melody, and also a longer phrase from the main theme of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
- 1 The song in the stage musical
- 2 The song in the 1961 film
- 3 P. J. Proby version
- 4 The Supremes' version
- 5 Barbra Streisand version
- 6 Phil Collins version
- 7 Pet Shop Boys version
- 8 Other cover versions
- 9 In popular culture
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The song in the stage musical
In the stage musical, the song appears in the second act of the show during the Somewhere Ballet. It is performed by an off-stage soprano singer and is later reprised by the entire company. In the original Broadway production, "Somewhere" was sung by Reri Grist who played the role of Consuela.
At the end of the show, when Tony is shot, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as he dies in her arms.
In late 1957, this recording was released on the album West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast).
The song in the 1961 film
In the 1961 film, the song occurs at a pivotal point, after the rumble in which Tony (Richard Beymer) has stabbed Maria's brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris). Having nowhere else to go, Tony runs to Maria (Natalie Wood), who has just been told of her brother's death and who killed him. When Tony comes to her room through the balcony window, Maria, in shock, pounds against his chest.
Realizing in spite of her anger that she still loves Tony, Maria begs him to hold her. After Maria cries out, "It's not us...it's everything around us." Tony replies, "Then I'll take you away, where nothing can get to us." He then begins singing "Somewhere" to her. His comforting voice draws her in and it becomes a duet of hope that their love will survive "somehow, someday, somewhere."
As in the stage show, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as Tony dies in her arms. In 2004, this version finished at #20 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
"Somewhere" is the only track that is out of sequence on the original soundtrack album as it is the last track on Side 2. This is rectified on the CD as "Somewhere" is correctly placed in sequence to the film between "The Rumble" and "Cool."
P. J. Proby version
In 1964, P. J. Proby released his version of "Somewhere" which reached #6 on the British singles chart and #7 on the Australian singles chart. The song also charted well in various European countries.
|UK Singles Chart||6|
|Australian Singles Chart||7|
The Supremes' version
In 1965, the Supremes recorded the song for their album, There's a Place for Us, though it went unreleased until 2004. They also used it for their debut appearance at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City and it eventually became a fixture of their nightclub acts. They also sang the song on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Hollywood Palace. In contrast to the original melody, a special dramatic monologue was incorporated, which was frequently changed in conjunction with changes in the group as well as the country's turmoil in the late 1960s.
In the aftermath of the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr., the monologue was changed to reflect King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. When the Supremes appeared on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson the day after King had been murdered, lead singer Diana Ross was so overcome with emotion that she practically stumbled through the speech, but got an extraordinary ovation from the studio audience. It would once again be nationally televised several months later that year when the group paired up with the Temptations for an NBC television special, TCB. The monolgue for that special went as follows:
"Yes, there's a place for each of us, Where love is like a passion, burning like a fire, Let our efforts be as determined as that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Who had a dream that all God's children, Black men, white men, Jews, Gentiles, Protestants, and Catholics, Could join hands and sing that spiritual of all: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!"
Barbra Streisand version
In 1985, Barbra Streisand released a version of "Somewhere" as a single off the Grammy Award-winning The Broadway Album, charting at #43 in the US (on the Billboard Hot 100) and #88 in the UK. The song itself won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s). In 2011, a duet was produced using scenes from Streisand's version while Jackie Evancho performed live with David Foster at the Ringling Museum of Art. On her 2014 Partners album, she released a new recording of the song, this time as a duet with Josh Groban.
Phil Collins version
|Single by Phil Collins|
|from the album The Songs of West Side Story|
|Label||Atlantic, Virgin, WEA|
|Writer(s)||Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim|
|Phil Collins singles chronology|
|Canadian Singles Chart||68|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||7|
Pet Shop Boys version
|Single by Pet Shop Boys|
|from the album Bilingual Special Edition|
|A-side||"A Red Letter Day" (US)|
|B-side||"The view from your balcony", "Disco potential"|
|Released||June 23, 1997|
|Format||CD single, 12"|
10:56 (extended version)
|Label||Parlophone / Atlantic|
|Writer(s)||Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim|
|Producer(s)||Pet Shop Boys|
|Pet Shop Boys singles chronology|
"Somewhere" was released as a single by the British music group Pet Shop Boys in 1997 to promote their "Somewhere" residency at the Savoy Theatre in London, which was named after the song, and to promote a repackage of Bilingual.
The single was another top 10 hit for the group, peaking at #9. The single also peaked at #25 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, equaling #125 on the main United States Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at #19 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. In the U.S., the song was released as a double A-side with "A Red Letter Day".
The Pet Shop Boys' version also uses elements of another West Side Story song, "I Feel Pretty", and the album version uses elements of "One Hand, One Heart" spoken by Chris Lowe.
- UK CD single 1 (Parlophone)
- "The view from your balcony"
- "To step aside" (Ralphi's Old School Dub)
- "Somewhere" (Forthright Vocal Mix)
- UK CD single 2 (Parlophone)
- "Somewhere" (Orchestral version)
- "Disco potential"
- "Somewhere" (Trouser Enthusiasts Mix)
- "Somewhere" (Forthright Dub)
- UK cassette single
- "Somewhere" (Orchestral version)
- "The view from your balcony"
|UK Singles Chart||9|
|Swedish Singles Chart||21|
|German Singles Chart||70|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||19|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||25|
|Australia (ARIA Singles Chart)||56|
Other cover versions
- Andy Williams released a version in 1966 on his album, The Shadow of Your Smile.
- Angeline Quinto for the 2014 teleserye, Ikaw Lamang
- Anita Meijer (Meyer), Dutch artist.
- Shirley Bassey
- Aretha Franklin
- Bobby Darin
- Caterina Valente
- Glen Campbell's version (1969) is a live medley, including Riz Ortolani's "More".
- Candice Glover
- Cannonball Adderley from the album "Great Love Songs"
- Celine Dion
- Celtic Woman
- Charlotte Church from the album Enchantment (2001)
- The Dartmouth Aires use it as their signature song
- Dave Brubeck recorded the song on his 1962 album Music From West Side Story.
- Dave Koz covered his version on his standards album At The Movies. The song features R&B vocalist Anita Baker.
- Devo recorded the song live on the 1988 album Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace as a part of a musical suite, which is the finale of the album.
- Donald Braswell II recorded this song on his 2007 album New Chapter.
- Down Beat released a version on the album Games by the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One.
- Faryl Smith on her 2009 self-titled debut album.
- Frankie Lymon released a version as an A-side on a Columbia single in 1964
- Frida Boccara recorded "Un Pays Pour Nous" (French version of the song) on her albums: Un Jour, Un Enfant (1969), Place des Arts '71 (1971, live in Montreal, double LP Philips and CD 2006), An Evening with Frida Boccara (1978, Live at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne - 2 LP Philips and Les grandes Années 1972–1988, 3 CD Marianne Mélodie).
- Ian McCulloch
- Il Divo
- Karel Gott
- Jane McDonald
- Jennifer Hudson
- Johnny Mathis
- Josh Groban
- Julian Lloyd Webber recorded the song on the 1986 album Travels with My Cello, Volume 2.
- Julie Andrews
- Katharine McPhee
- Katherine Jenkins
- Kimberley Walsh
- Kerry Ellis and Ramin Karimloo performed a duet at Ellis' special Friday Night is Music Night
- Kylie Minogue
- KZ Tandingan
- La Toya London
- Len Barry
- Leona Lewis
- Marianne Faithfull and Jarvis Cocker performed a duet of the song on her album Easy Come, Easy Go retitled as "Somewhere (A Place for Us)."
- Matt Monro This version is featured at the end of season 3 of the show An Idiot Abroad.
- Michael Crawford released a version on his album Songs from the Stage and Screen.
- Oscar Peterson
- Renée Fleming and Alfie Boe performed the song on The Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012.
- Righteous Brothers performed the song on their 1968 album Standards.
- Rick Astley recorded the song on his 2005 album Portrait.
- Romina Arena
- Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) in the 2011 Glee episode "I Am Unicorn".
- The Temptations recorded the song for their 1967 Lp The Temptations in a Mellow Mood
- Vickie Winans recorded the song on her album "The Lady (album)"
- Tom Waits recorded the song on his album Blue Valentine.
- We Five on their 1967 album, Make Someone Happy.
In popular culture
- Christopher Stone performed the song on the Britain's Got Talent series 4 Final.
- Julian Smith on the 2009 finale of Britain's Got Talent.
- Lea Michele and Idina Menzel perform the song as a duet in the Season 3 episode I Am Unicorn of the musical TV series Glee.
- Rowetta Satchell performed the song on the first series of The X Factor.
- Rhydian Roberts performed the song on the fourth series of The X Factor.
- Stacey Solomon performed the song on the sixth series of The X Factor.
- Samantha Barks performed the song in Week Three of I'd Do Anything.
- Candice Glover performed the song on season 12 of American Idol.
- Ross, Alex. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-1-84115-475-6.
- Barbra Streisand Archives: Records/The Broadway Album.
- Dean, Will (19 June 2013). "Music review: Pet Shop Boys bring cornucopia of hits to London's O2 Arena". The Independent. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Equaling #125 on the main Billboard Hot 100.
- Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "At The Movies overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Dave Koz - At The Movies". Allmusic.com.
- Grein, Paul (October 5, 2011). "Week Ending Oct. 2, 2011. Songs: Gone But Not Forgotten". Chart Watch. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
- We Five, Make Someone Happy Retrieved March 5, 2012.