Tsou Music Scholar Series: Lecture by Elizabeth A. Wells, Ph.D.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 PM (ET)
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“From the East Side to the West Side: The Jewish West Side Story”

Few are aware that West Side Story began as a tale of warring Catholics and Jews on Manhattan’s East Side, shifting the ethnic focus quite substantially from the work we now know. Through an investigation of primary source documents from the Leonard Bernstein archive at the Library of Congress, and recent oral history interviews with Arthur Laurents, a new and more complex West Side Story emerges, reframing this musical as a potent commentary on Jewish identity and experience in the 1950s.


Co-sponsored by the Jacob Perlow Event Series, Office of the Dean of Special Programs.


Free & open to the public

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