March 26, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Join the Tropic for a screening of Leonard Bernstein’s musical classic WEST SIDE STORY, part of Key West’s island-wide “Remembering Lenny” celebration!
Bernstein, an American musical icon, was a frequent visitor to Key West, and the city had a profound influence on his life and work. Spearheaded by Key West’s Impromptu Classical Concerts organization, “Remembering Lenny” includes nearly a week of events to celebrate the centennial of Bernstein’s 1918 birth.
According to Impromptu Concerts’ George Korn, Bernstein’s first published piece of music, “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano,” was written during his initial visit to Key West in 1941. He also began a ballet titled “Conch Town” and subsequently spent significant time on the island. Learn more about the celebration and other events at fla-keys.com.
Perhaps Bernstein’s best-known work, WEST SIDE STORY recasts the immortal story of Romeo & Juliet among rival gangs in 1950s New York. With a cast including Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, the film won 10 Academy Awards in 1962 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Musical Score.