Putting It Together

America (the song) has different lyrics on-stage than it does in the original movie. Christine and Kyle try to figure out what works better and how this shows that West Side Story is more than just a romance.

Show Notes

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
Its Twitter: https://twitter.com/bottomlessbway
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.
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/west-side-story-original-broadway-cast-recording/186302499
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3knRTstKrILa8wx8IGGqn6?si=2Zp8BOvbTPmCpbzr4wgoQQ
Or buy it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/West-Side-Story-Larry-Kert/dp/B007IJKD6W/

The film version (1961) starring Richard Beymer, Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, and Rita Moreno.
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/west-side-story-1961-motion-picture-soundtrack/394303992
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1kA4RO70idrEQkOX3zlRfa?si=5MO05RHdRpSwqWDYCtMnNw
Or buy it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/West-Side-Story-Leonard-Bernstein/dp/B00023GGK8/

The Broadway revival (2009) starring Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione, George Akram, and Karen Olivo.
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/west-side-story-new-broadway-cast-recording-2009/316530985
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2tMSkFy27VIZjBum94KbpD?si=zAAuIC_PQWymu0xfd_XR9Q
Or buy it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/West-Side-Story-Broadway-Recording/dp/B0021X5158/

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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.