When he was asked to write the lyrics for the 1957 musical West Side Story, the young Stephen Sondheim reportedly protested, "I've never even known a Puerto Rican!" He took the job in the end, collaborating with composer Leonard Bernstein, playwright Arthur Laurents, and choreographer-director Jerome Robbins to create one of the most influential musicals in Broadway history. [...] under the direction of ninety-one-year-old Laurents, West Side Story feels creakier than ever.
Highs and Lows Mollie Wilson O'Reilly Commonweal; Apr 10, 2009; 136, 7; Docstoc pg. 23 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Furt
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