Leonard Bernstein

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West Side Story at 60: the dazzlingly modern musical that’ll be hard to beat
With Steven Spielberg’s remake almost out, the 1961 original still feels thrillingly contemporary, a tough act to follow

Guy Lodge

18, Oct, 2021 @2:52 PM

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Peter Ind obituary
Jazz bassist who worked with the best in 1950s New York and in later years was the proprietor of the Bass Clef club in London

John Fordham

30, Aug, 2021 @4:12 PM

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Somewhere: the aching sound of West Side Story's plea for utopia
Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s ballad, which yearns for a safe place where love abounds, reflects 50s America and endures today

David Jays

26, Mar, 2020 @8:43 AM

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Bradley Cooper lined up to play Barry Gibb in Bee Gees biopic
Actor’s repertoire of musical roles may expand to story of Saturday Night Fever disco superstars – after he’s played composer Leonard Bernstein

Andrew Pulver

14, Feb, 2020 @12:56 PM

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Acting like a moth in the flame of carnality | Brief letters
Brief letters: Insect apocalypse | Boris Johnson | Tory manifesto | Election antidote | Leonard Bernstein | Aretha Franklin

Letters

25, Nov, 2019 @5:24 PM

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Passionate, tender, heartbreaking … letters reveal Leonard Bernstein’s 10-year secret affair
The West Side Story composer met and fell in love with a young Japanese fan on tour and their romance lasted until his death

Dalya Alberge

17, Aug, 2019 @2:00 PM

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West Side Story review – Bernstein's musical is out of step in concert hall
John Eliot Gardiner fulfilled his ambition to conduct Bernstein’s work, but this concert performance should have been staged

Rowena Smith

06, Aug, 2019 @10:58 AM

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John Eliot Gardiner: Britten to Beirut in the back of a taxi - my night with Bernstein
As a student, the conductor met Bernstein and got to ask him about West Side Story. He’s waited 61 years to conduct it, a moment when its themes of bigotry and disempowered youth feel more relevant than ever

John Eliot Gardiner

04, Aug, 2019 @3:00 PM

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West Side Story review – exhilarating show sidesteps Broadway blueprint
Sarah Frankcom and Aletta Collins ditch Jerome Robbins’ choreography and keeps the stakes high in a superb production

Mark Fisher

12, Apr, 2019 @9:10 AM

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No mean feat: how West Side Story's dance rumbles got reinvented
The Sharks-v-Jets classic is told with Jerome Robbins’ ‘perfect’ moves, admits Aletta Collins. How did she create new ones?

Lyndsey Winship

10, Apr, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Home listening: digging up the past with a masterful flourish
Two ensembles resurrect the sounds – and instruments – from another era. Elsewhere, the eternally charismatic Leonard Bernstein

Nicholas Kenyon

02, Sep, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond review – from crème brûlée to clowns
Mezzo Wallis Giunta broke hearts with Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, while the UK premiere of Bernstein’s Conch Town was performed with panache

Tim Ashley

28, Aug, 2018 @11:28 AM

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