New York Philharmonic Accompanies "West Side Story" Screenings Sept. 7-8

News   New York Philharmonic Accompanies "West Side Story" Screenings Sept. 7-8
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the 50th anniversary film release of West Side Story with a special screening and live performance of the score Sept. 7 and 8 at Avery Fisher Hall.

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 screenings take place at 7:30 PM. Academy Award nominee David Newman is the conductor.

The presentation promises a restored high definition print of the original film. It will be released on Blu-Ray this fall by 20th CenturyFox Home Entertainment.

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 $35, visit or phone (212) 875-5656.

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