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The Making of West Side Story

Louis Rosen

A once-in-a-lifetime collaboration: Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins and Laurents created a once-in-a-lifetime work of musical theater, with a remarkable score that many have called the greatest in the history of the American musical.

We’ll explore the making of the work via filmed interviews and rare footage shot on location during production of the film adaptation, and go deep inside selections of the score to understand how it achieves its rare combination of profound depth, sophistication and broad accessibility.


Louis Rosen

Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, author, performer and teacher. Albums of his songs include his solo debut, Time Was; three CDs with Capathia Jenkins: The Ache of Possibility; One Ounce of Truth (The Nikki Giovanni Songs); South Side Stories, and the forthcoming Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes. Musical Theater: Book of the Night; A Child’s Garden; and most recently, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Pea ...