Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Cooper’

Tune du Jour: “America” – West Side Story
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Nice vs. Schlong
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West Side Story is one of America’s most acclaimed Broadway musical plays. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is the story of forbidden love between a former gang member and the sister of a rival gang member.  Music for the production was composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim. The show, which opened in 1957, ran for 732 performances before going on tour (it had an even longer-running production in London). West Side Story was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical (the award ultimately went to The Music Man). In 1961 a musical film of West Side Story was produced, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning ten including Best Picture. Ten Academy Awards remains a record for a musical film.

 

The Original Stage Production Version

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Rita Rivera & Marilyn Cooper:

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The Film Version

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Betty Wand & George Chakiris:

In the film West Side Story Rita Moreno and George Chakiris are the leading vocalists … or maybe not. Moreno’s singing was dubbed in by Betty Wand.

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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The Nice vs. Schlong

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The Nice:

Schlong:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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