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"West Side Story" - The Making of a Broadway Classic
Start Date: 3/19/2008Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 3/19/2008End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description
A talk in which Nigel Simeone (Sheffield University, UK) will trace the evolution of the show, from Leonard Bernstein's first meeting with Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents in 1949, to its opening on Broadway in September 1957. As well as audio and video clips, the talk will be illustrated with manuscript material for "West Side Story" in the Library of Congress, including Bernstein's sketches, unpublished songs, and draft lyrics and scripts. In particular, the talk will focus on the musical numbers that were cut, and on those that were extensively revised - including major rewrites of two of the most famous scenes in the show: the Prologue and the Balcony Scene.
Nigel Simeone holds the Chair of Historical Musicology at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has published extensively on French music, especially Messiaen, and also on Janacek. Nigel is currently writing a book on "West Side Story" for the series "Landmarks in Music Since 1950".
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Music Building
Room: Lang Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Geoffrey Peterson
Phone: 610-690-3489
Email: gpeters1@swarthmore.edu
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