MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

You Say West Side, I Say East Side

This is quite wonderful, especially as the world commemorates Stephen Sondheim.

It’s worth recalling that the original scenario conceived by Jerome Robbins involved a Catholic versus Jewish conflict called East Side Story before the creative team changed it to Puerto Ricans versus whites. Bernstein originally imagined the core tritone theme as a shofar call.

Filed under: Leonard Bernstein, miscellaneous, Stephen Sondheim


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