New West Side Story Recording Celebrates Musical's 50th Anniversary

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Decca will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic musical West Side Story with a new recording featuring stars from the classical world.

The recording, which is due in stores Sept. 25, features soprano Hayley Westenra as Maria and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Tony. They are joined on the CD by Will Martin as Riff, Melanie Marshall as Anita and Connie Fisher as A Girl. The singers are backed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Nick Ingman.

The complete track listing for this new interpretation of West Side Story follows:

"Jet Song" - Riff and the Jets
"Something's Coming" - Tony
"The Dance at The Gym" (Blues, Promenade, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Jump) - Jets and Sharks
"Maria" - Tony and Maria
"Tonight" (balcony) - Tony and Maria
"America" - Anita, Rosalia and girls
"Cool" - Riff and Jets
"One Hand, One Heart" - Tony and Maria
"Tonight" (ensemble) - Tony and Maria and cast
"I Feel Pretty" - Maria and girls
"Somewhere"- A Girl
"Gee Officer Krupke" - Jets
"A Boy Like That" - Anita and Maria
"I Have A Love" - Maria and Anita
Finale - Tony and Maria

West Side Story features a score by Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical debuted on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in September 1957. It played 732 performances before closing June 27, 1959. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the original cast included Larry Kert as Tony, Carol Lawrence as Maria and Chita Rivera as Anita. The classic Bernstein-Sondheim score boasts such tunes as "Tonight," "America," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

Subsequent revivals were presented at the Winter Garden Theatre (1960), City Center (1964) and the Minskoff Theatre (1980). The latter featured Josie de Guzman as Maria, Debbie Allen as Anita and Ken Marshall as Tony.

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