Birth of a Musical

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On Rumble and Somewhere

  • Choreographic Notes and Musical Sketch for “The Rumble.” Jerome Robbins. Notes, 1957. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (8) Used by permission of The Robbins Rights Trust
  • Leonard Bernstein. Music and holograph manuscripts, 1957. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (9) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Set Design for “The Rumble.” Oliver Smith. Backdrop elevation for “The Rumble,” 1957. Watercolor and gouache. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (10) Courtesy of Rosaria Sinisi, Copyright Holder, Oliver Smith’s Designs
  • Synopsis and Choreographic Notes for “Somewhere” Ballet. Typescript and Robbins’s notes, ca. 1957. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (11) Used by permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. and The Robbins Rights Trust
  • Synopsis and Choreographic Notes for “Somewhere” Ballet. Typescript and Robbins’s notes, ca. 1957. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (12) Used by permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. and The Robbins Rights Trust
  • Somewhere” Music Manuscript. Leonard Bernstein. Holograph music manuscript for “Somewhere,” ca. 1957. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (14) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Set Design for the “Somewhere” Ballet. Oliver Smith. Preliminary design for the “Somewhere Ballet” backdrop, 1957. Watercolor and gouache. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (15) Courtesy of Rosaria Sinisi, Copyright Holder, Oliver Smith’s Designs

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Letters from Bernstein

  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. July 19, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (17) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. July 26, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (18) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. July 28, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (19) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 3, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (20) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 8, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (21) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 11, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (22) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 15, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (24) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
  • Correspondence from Leonard Bernstein to his wife, Felicia. Letter from Leonard Bernstein to his wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein. August 23, 1957. Typescript and holograph manuscript. Leonard Bernstein Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (23) By permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

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The Legacy of West Side Story

  • French Version of Song “America!” Leonard Bernstein. “Si Tu Vas en America.” Trans. André Salvet. Paris: Editions Salabert, 1957. Music Division, Library of Congress (45)
  • Souvenir Program . Souvenir program for West Side Story film. New York: Program Publishing Co., 1961. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recording Sound Division, Library of Congress. (46) [Library of Congress does not have permission to post wss0046 online]
  • Poster for the 1968 Revival at Lincoln Center. Poster from the revival of West Side Story. New York: Artcraft, 1968. Artcraft Poster Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (47)
  • West Side Story on DVD . West Side Story (Special Edition DVD collector’s Set, 1961). Los Angeles, California: MGM Studios, 2003. Private Collection (48) [Library of Congress does not have permission to post wss0048 online]
  • Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story : The Making of the Recording . Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story, 1984. DVD. Deutsche Grammophon. Private collection (49) © Susesh Bayat/DG
  • Carol Lawrence’s Ballet Slippers from the “Somewhere Ballet”. Carol Lawrence’s ballet slippers worn in West Side Story. Fabric. Courtesy of Doug Wilson (53)

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