[Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990) & Sondheim, Stephen. (1930-2021)] Lawrence, Carol. (b. 1932) & Kert, Larry. (1930-1991) & Rivera, Chita. (b. 1933) & Smith, Art. (1899-1973) & Calin, Mickey. (b. 1935) & LeRoy, Ken. (1927-2019) & Theodore, Lee. (d. 1987)

"West Side Story" - Signed 1957 Broadway Souvenir Program

Rare souvenir program from the original Broadway production of the classic musical West Side Story, signed by much of the original cast, including the creators of the principal roles: Carol Lawrence (Maria), Larry Kert (Tony), Chita Rivera (Anita), Art Smith (Doc), Mickey Calin (Riff), Ken LeRoy (Bernardo), Lee Theodore (credited here as "Lee Becker") (Anybodys), Eddie Roll (Action), David Winters (Baby John), and Tony Mordente. (A-Rab).  16 pp.  Wear to spine, overall in fine condition.  9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm.).

The original 1957 Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 1958, winning two.

From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (20901)


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