West Side Story [2009 Broadway Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While there are few revivals and even fewer recordings of unsuccessful Broadway musicals, occasionally there can also be few revivals and few recordings of Broadway musicals if they are spectacularly successful to the point that the original production seems definitive. This seems to have been the case with West Side Story, considered a landmark musical in its initial 1957 mounting, which spawned an original Broadway cast album that spent more than three years in the Billboard chart, not only because of that success, but also because of the even more massive success of the 1961 film, which spawned an original soundtrack album that spent more than a year at number one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While there are few revivals and even fewer recordings of unsuccessful Broadway musicals, occasionally there can also be few revivals and few recordings of Broadway musicals if they are spectacularly successful to the point that the original production seems definitive. This seems to have been the case with West Side Story, considered a landmark musical in its initial 1957 mounting, which spawned an original Broadway cast album that spent more than three years in the Billboard chart, not only because of that success, but also because of the even more massive success of the 1961 film, which spawned an original soundtrack album that spent more than a year at number one in the Billboard chart, longer than any album in the chart's history. Following the 1957 production, there was a limited engagement summer production at New York's City Center in 1964 that technically constitutes a Broadway revival and an actual regular Broadway revival in 1980; neither of these produced a cast recording. Thus, the 2009 Broadway revival had a chance to approach the show from a fresh perspective, and so does the cast album, which is the first cast album of the show drawn from an actual stage production since 1957. (There have been several studio cast recordings, notably one conducted by composer Leonard Bernstein in 1984.) That fresh perspective is being taken by some old hands, however, those of the members of the creative team who are still alive. Arthur Laurents, who wrote the libretto, is the director, and Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics, was also involved. Their impact is not what might have been expected, however. West Side Story was a gritty musical for 1957, and it might have been made even grittier more than half a century later. Instead, it has been toned down somewhat. Bernstein's original orchestrations (done with Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal) are credited, but so are three arrangers, Sondheim one of them, and the music sounds different. It's not so much the instrumentation or the notes played that produce that difference, it's more the tempi and attack employed by conductor Patrick Vaccariello, another of the new arrangers. Bernstein's music had a jarring angularity the first time around (and many times since); here, it's not so jarring or angular. In fact, it's all smooth and groove-oriented, more about dancing than drama. Similarly, the young performers (including Karen Alivo, who won a Tony Award for her performance five days after this album was released, as Anita) sound more friendly than menacing. It's hard to imagine them getting into knife fights with each other. On the other hand, the creators have opted for a more ethnic approach, notably by translating some of the dialogue and lyrics into Spanish. (Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway musical In the Heights gets credit for translations.) It may not have been realistic to have Puerto Rican youth of 1957 speak and sing in English, but it's not much more realistic to have them do so in Spanish some of the time, largely arbitrarily. (Admittedly there is some sense in having the previously pro-Anglo Anita switch to Spanish after her boyfriend is killed and sing "Un Hombre Así" instead of "A Boy Like That.") But it does allow Sondheim, who has gone on record criticizing his own lyrics to "I Feel Pretty" (he thinks they're too sophisticated for a teenage girl) not to have to hear them on a Broadway stage again. In its first manifestation, West Side Story was a powerful and groundbreaking work for the musical theater. This time around, it's a little lighter and a little more Latin, entertaining but not as significant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886975239122
  • Catalog Number: 752391
  • Sales rank: 74,542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Scene 1. Prologue - West Side Story Pit Orchestra (4:09)
  2. 2 Act 1. Scene 1. Jet Song - West Side Story Cast Ensemble (2:06)
  3. 3 Act 1. Scene 2. Something's Coming - Matt Cavenaugh (2:27)
  4. 4 Act 1. Scene 4. Dance at the Gym - West Side Story Pit Orchestra (6:25)
  5. 5 Act 1. Scene 4. Maria - Matt Cavenaugh (3:02)
  6. 6 Act 1. Scene 5. Tonight - Josefina Scaglione (5:34)
  7. 7 Act 1. Scene 5. America - Jennifer Sanchez (4:43)
  8. 8 Act 1. Scene 6. Cool - Cody Green (4:31)
  9. 9 Act 1. Scene 7. One Hand, One Heart - Josefina Scaglione (4:06)
  10. 10 Act 1. Scene 8. Tonight (Quintet) - West Side Story Cast Ensemble (3:41)
  11. 11 Act 1. Scene 9. The Rumble - West Side Story Pit Orchestra (3:22)
  12. 12 Act 2. Scene 1. Me Siento Hermosa (I Feel Pretty) - Kat Nejat (3:24)
  13. 13 Act 2. Scene 1. Somewhere - Josefina Scaglione (6:49)
  14. 14 Act 2. Scene 2. Gee, Officer Krupke - Curtis Holbrook (4:12)
  15. 15 Act 2. Scene 3. Un Hombre Asì (A Boy Like That) / I Have a Love - Josefina Scaglione (5:29)
  16. 16 Act 2. Scene 6. Finale - Josefina Scaglione (1:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrick Vaccariello Primary Artist, Conductor
Martin Agee Conductor, Concert Master
Diane Barere Cello
Mike Cannon Vocals
Lawrence Feldman Reeds
Adam Kolker Reeds
Michael Rosen Vocals
Bill Sloat Bass
Lino Gomez Reeds
Vivian Israel Cello
Paul Woodiel Violin
Chris Komer French Horn
Manuel Herrara Vocals
John Chudoba Trumpet
Fritz Krakowski Violin
Manuel Santos Vocals
Rob Shaw Violin
Troy Shaw Vocals
Theresa MacDonnell French Horn
Dan Willis Reeds
Tim Albright Trombone
Jennifer Lang Cello
Dana Ianculovici Violin
Dan McMillan Percussion
Victoria Paterson Violin
Trevor Neumann Trumpet
Jim Laev Celeste
Eric Poland Drums
Chorus Choir, Chorus
Pablo Rieppi Percussion
Ryan Steele Vocals
J.J. McGeehan Guitar
Sam Rogers Vocals
Robert Shaw Violin
Lindsay Dennis Vocals
George Akram Vocals
Nicholas Barasch Vocals
Joshua Buscher Vocals
Isaac Calpito Vocals
Matt Cavenaugh Vocals
Peter Chursin Vocals
Kyle Coffman Vocals
Gilbert Dejean Reeds
Yurel Echezarreta Vocals
Cody Green Vocals
Joey Haro Vocals
Eric Hatch Vocals
Curtis Holbrook Vocals
Marina Lazzaretto Vocals
Yanira Marin Vocals
Mileyka Mateo Vocals
Kaitlin Mesh Vocals
Karen Olivo Vocals
Pamela Otterson Vocals
Philip Payton Violin
Danielle Polanco Vocals
Peter Prosser Cello
Jennifer Sanchez Vocals
Josefina Scaglione Vocals
Maggie Torre Piano
Tanairi Sade Vazquez Vocals
Dan McMilan Percussion
Amy Ryerson Vocals
Tro Shaw Vocals
West Side Story Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Jeff Nelson Bass Trombone
Matt Patterson Trumpet
Lindsay Dunn Vocals
Manuel Herrera Vocals
Michael Cannon Vocals
Samuel Rogers Vocals
Victoria Patterson Violin
Bill Sloat Double Bass
Vivian Israel Cello
Matt Peterson Trumpet
Fritz Krakowski Violin
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer, Orchestration
Stephen Sondheim Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
David Caddick Producer, Audio Production
Irwin Kostal Orchestration
Sid Ramin Orchestration
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Arthur Laurents Book
David Lai Producer, Audio Production
Isaiah Abolin Digital Editing
Patrick Vaccariello Arranger, Musical Supervision, Music Direction
Missy Webb Digital Editing
Garth Edwin Sunderland Arranger
Lin-Manuel Miranda translation
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Elisabeth Ladwig Graphic Design
Michael Keller Arranger
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