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Classical Sprouts: The Music Of 'West Side Story'

"West Side Story" is one of the most popular musicals of all time!

Find out what made "West Side Story" and its music so special on this episode of Classical Sprouts.

West Side Story takes place in New York City (on the West Side!) and explores how people from different cultures and backgrounds interact with one another.

To create "West Side Story's" musical score, composer Leonard Bernstein combined all kinds of different types of music, from classical counterpoint to the cha-cha!

Check out this dance scene to see how Jerome Robbins, the choreographer, mirrored these unlikely musical combinations with the characters' choreography.

Dance at the Gym - West Side Story 1961

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Classical Sprouts is produced by Emily Duncan Wilson.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager and is the producer of "Classical Sprouts" and "Kids Commute".