The "West Side Story" Mixtape - 92Y, New York

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Will Friedwald's Clip Joint

The West Side Story Mixtape

Between the new Broadway production and the forthcoming film from Steven Spielberg, 2020 is all set to be the year of West Side Story!

In 1957, this groundbreaking work of musical theater, by Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Arthur Laurents (libretto), set all kinds of precedents: it was a blend of high art and pop art, musical theater and ballet, comedy and drama, and, from the very start was at once both classic and contemporary, a mashup of Shakespeare and The Bowery Boys, Prokofiev and Tito Puente. Our West Side Story mixtape features the most diverse range of artists imaginanable, from rare live performances by the original cast, featuring the great Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence, to jazz giants like Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, to Latino superstars like Trini Lopez and Charo, to legendary artists like Judy Garland and Sammy Davis, Jr.


Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about jazz and nightlife for The Wall Street Journal. He also is the author of eight books on music and popular culture, including the award-winning A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, Sinatra: The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, Tony Bennett: The Good Life and Jazz Singing. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also the co-producer & writer of Michael Feinstein’ ...

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