Expanded Reissues of "West Side Story" and "A Star Is Born" Soundtracks Due in May

News   Expanded Reissues of "West Side Story" and "A Star Is Born" Soundtracks Due in May
 
Next month, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music Soundtrax will release expanded versions of two classic movie soundtracks.
Jossie de Guzman and Ken Marshall in the 1980 Broadway revival of West Side Story
Jossie de Guzman and Ken Marshall in the 1980 Broadway revival of West Side Story Photo by Roger Greenwalt

"A Star Is Born," starring Judy Garland and featuring the classic tune "The Man That Got Away," will hit stores May 18. The new edition of the soundtrack will include three never-before-released vocal outtakes as well as a dozen tracks of previously unreleased score music. The new soundtrack also boasts liner notes by John Fricke, who penned the tomes "Judy Garland/World's Greatest Entertainer" and "Judy Garland/A Portrait in Art." May 18 will also mark the release of a revised soundtrack to Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." The new recording, "West Side Story—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," will be the most complete version of the film's music available, including the never-before-released-on-CD "Intermission Music." The disc will also feature liner notes by "Broadway Beat" host Richard Ridge.

The 1954 film "A Star Is Born," written by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson, featured direction by George Cukor. The cast included Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, Tommy Noonan, Lucy Marlow, Amanda Blake, Irving Bacon and Hazel Shermet. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Mason), Best Actress (Garland), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Music/Original Song and Best Music/Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Based on the acclaimed Broadway musical of the same name, the 1961 "West Side Story" film was directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. Featuring a screenplay by Robbins and Arthur Laurents and a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the cast included Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. Vocals of the four lead actors were voiced by Jim Bryant (for Beymer), Tucker Smith (for some of Tamblyn's songs), Betty Wand (for Moreno) and Marni Nixon (for Wood). "West Side Story" won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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