A triumphant song before tragedy strikes. Christine Chen joins Kyle to talk about how this song came together and how it both positively and negatively affects Act 1 of West Side Story.
Christine's Blog: https://acrossthearch.wordpress.com
Christine's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcrossTheArch
Christine's podcast, Bottomless Broadway: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bottomless-broadway/id1457465060
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And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bottomlessbway/
You can purchase Stephen Sondheim's first book of lyrics, Finishing the Hat, by going here: https://amzn.to/2LB9ZJo
We are using three productions to frame our discussion of West Side Story.
The Original Broadway Cast (1957) starring Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Ken LeRoy, and Chita Rivera.
The Broadway revival (2009) starring Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione, George Akram, and Karen Olivo.
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What is Putting It Together?
This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.