Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein's Broadway: Screenings

To celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the Paley Center is pleased to present “Bernstein’s Broadway,” a screening series featuring television adaptations of his shows.
 
New York:

Saturday, November 8at 2 pm:
 Trouble in Tahiti
Sunday, November 9at 2 pm:  Candide
Saturday, November 15at 2 pm:  West Side Story
Sunday, November 16at 3 pm:  Wonderful Town
Saturday, November 22at 2 pm:  Candide
Sunday, November 23at 3 pm:  Wonderful Town


 
Los Angeles:

Saturday, November 8at 2 pm:
 Trouble in Tahiti
Sunday, November 9at 1:30 pm:  Candide
Saturday, November 15at 2 pm:  West Side Story
Sunday, November 16at 3 pm:  Wonderful Town
Sunday, November 23at 3 pm:  Wonderful Town

Trouble in Tahiti  Two versions of Bernstein’s one-act opera about a troubled marriage will be screened: the 1952 NBC Opera Theatre production, conducted by Bernstein and starring Beverly Wolff and David Atkinson; and the 2001 BBC Wales film (which has a Mad Men look and feel), directed by Tom Cairns and conducted by Paul Daniel, and starring Stephanie Novacek and Karl Daymond. (90 minutes)
 
Candide Includes the acclaimed 1988 BBC documentary Breast of Peacock, Apple Pie: Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” and the 1989 BBC telecast of the Scottish Opera production of Candide, directed by Jonathan Miller and John Wells, and conducted by John Mauceri. The cast includes Mark Beudert, Nickolas Grace, Marilyn Hill Smith, and Ann Howard. (3 hours, 20 minutes)
 
West Side Story Includes the “balcony scene,” with original cast stars Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert, from The Ed Sullivan Show (1958); a 1958 episode of Look Up and Live, with director/choreographer Jerome Robbins and Lawrence, Kert, and Michael Callan; a 1961 episode of the WCBS program American Musical Theatre with guest Stephen Sondheim; and the 1985 Great Performances: Bernstein Conducts West Side Story, with Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras. (2 hours, 45 minutes)
 
Wonderful Town The complete 1958 telecast of Wonderful Town, with Rosalind Russell and other members of the original cast, Sydney Chaplin, and Jacquelyn McKeever, conducted by Lehman Engel; plus bonus selections from On the Town, including Betty Comden and Adolph Green performing “Carried Away” on the 1959 CBS program Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic: The Humors of Music. (2 hours, 5 minutes)

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Photos: Top left: Bernstein conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony to illustrate his third program,
"Musical Semantics," on the subject "What Does Music Mean?" on the television series Leonard Bernstein at Harvard.
Above: Bernstein conducting the 1985 recording of West Side Story. (Source: Bayat/DG)