Saturday Cinema: Musicals Aplenty

by Lynne Warfel
June 14, 2014
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George Chakiris as Bernardo, with two fellow Sharks, in 'West Side Story'. (The Mirisch Corporation)

This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel begins with some "trouble in River City," then continues with music from The King and I, West Side Story and a tribute to Fred Astaire.

An interesting bit of trivia about the production of the film, West Side Story: The opening dance sequences were shot on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where Lincoln Center stands today. The area had been condemned and the buildings were in the process of being demolished to make way for Lincoln Center, but demolition was delayed so that the filming of these sequences could be completed.

Playlist

Rodgers: The King and I Medley
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
Telarc 80278

Rodgers: Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Boston Pops/Williams
Philips 412 132

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Empire Brass
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Courage: Tribute fo Fred Astaire
Boston Pops
Philips 412 132

Willson: Music from Music Man
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
Telarc 80276