New “West Side Story” site launches, 60 years after Broadway premiere of Bernstein’s score

Posted on: September 26, 2017

In partnership with Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, and the National Museum of American Jewish History, Google Arts and Culture has launched a digital collection dedicated to the history and legacy of West Side Story, which debuted on Broadway 60 years ago today and had a landmark score by Leonard Bernstein. The site features exclusive archival content; educational and interactive stories; more than 1,800 high-resolution images and videos; and 22 interactive exhibits. Included are an interview with legendary Broadway star Chita Rivera, Anita in the show’s original production; a 360-degree video of “Cool” filmed during Carnegie Hall’s 2016 production of West Side Story at the Knockdown Center in Queens; “Bernstein at Carnegie Hall,” an exhibition curated by Carnegie Hall Archives Director Gino Francesconi; and an essay by Harvard University professor and Bernstein scholar Carol Oja examining issues related to race, civil rights, and immigration in West Side Story.

Posted September 26, 2017