The New York Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany upcoming screenings of the classic film musical West Side Story. The live performances at David Geffen Hall will take place September 13-15 at 7:30 PM.
New sound technology has allowed engineers to isolate dialogue and vocal tracks from the original 1961 film so that the Philharmonic can play Leonard Bernstein's full score live along with the movie.
The presentation features the high definition print of the original film.
West Side Story also has lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. The film, which credits Ernest Lehman as screenwriter, was co-directed by original Broadway director Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. It stars Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Rita Moreno as Anita and George Chakiris as Bernardo.
The film famously used vocal doubles for several key roles, including Marni Nixon (for Natalie Wood) and Jimmy Bryant (for Richard Beymer). It earned Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The Bernstein-Sondheim score features the American classics "Somewhere," "Tonight," "One Hand, One Heart," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." For tickets, beginning at $55, visit NYPhil.org.