West Side Story (1961 film cast)

~ Release group by Leonard Bernstein

Annotation

Differences between the movie and stage versions
1) In the film, the Overture includes the song "Maria," changed from "Somewhere" in the stage version.
2) "Prologue" was extended.
3) "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "Cool" switched positions for the film version. "Krupke" was considered incompatible to the mood created by "The Rumble" and, together with the upbeat "I Feel Pretty", was moved up ahead of "The Rumble".
4) "Cool" was placed in the slot following "The Rumble".
5) On stage, "America" is sung just by Anita (Rita Moreno) and the Shark girls; on film, new lyrics were added which were performed by the Shark boys.
6) On stage, "Maria" and "Tonight" are consecutive, followed by "America", while in the film, "America" comes between the two love songs.
7) "Dance at the Gym" was extended in the film, mostly to accommodate the acrobatics of Riff (Russ Tamblyn).
8) The duet "A Boy Like That / I Have a Love" was shortened for the film, and "One Hand, One Heart" is slightly shorter as well.
9) The stage version includes a full-cast ballet sequence, "Somewhere," which was eliminated in the film. Some of the action of the final sequence - the members of both gangs walking away from Tony's body - repeat similar action from the ballet, and the same music is used.

The changes brought about the introduction of a new character: Ice (played by Tucker Smith), who performs the track "Cool", was created to provide a solid successor to Riff for the later part of the film. This character does not appear in the stage version.

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Annotation last modified on 2011-12-08 17:46 UTC.

Album + Soundtrack

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
West Side Story (1961 film cast) 12" Vinyl 15 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) BPG 62058
West Side Story (1961 film cast) 12" Vinyl 15 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) OL 5670
West Side Story (1961 film cast) CD 15 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) 462544 2 5099746254421
West Side Story (1961 film cast) CD 15 World Music (Catalog# WM xxxxx) WM 88040 5450162880401
West Side Story (1961 film cast, 1992 remaster) CD 18 Sony Masterworks (formerly an imprint since circa 1990s, label group since 2009; see annotation for imprints it manages) SK 48211 074644821123
West Side Story (1961 film cast) (1992 remaster) CD 18 Sony Masterworks (formerly an imprint since circa 1990s, label group since 2009; see annotation for imprints it manages) SK 48211 5099704821122
West Side Story (1961 film cast) CD 15 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 489472 2 5099748947222
West Side Story (1961 film cast) (1992 remaster) CD 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Classical SK 89226 696998922624
West Side Story: The Original Sound Track Recording Digital Media 19 Columbia Masterworks
West Side Story: Original Soundtrack Recording (Special 50th Anniversary Edition) CD 23 Harkit Records HRKCD 8362 5055055903627
West Side Story ( 1961 Film OST) CD 15 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 467606 2 9399746760622
Promotion
West Side Story (1961 film cast) CD 15 The Mail on Sunday, Carbon Music Ltd, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) MOSWSS01

Relationships

included in: West Side Story / Candide (1961 film cast / 1956 original Broadway cast)
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/124110 [info]
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055614/ [info]
Wikidata: Q273704 [info]

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