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BBC radio show re genesis of West Side Story

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Surprising and moving insights about the creation of the familiar musical, with readings from Bernstein's own notes on the process. (Who knew that the original gang conflict was conceived as Jews vs. Catholics?!?!) Listen quick, though: BBC tends to shut down its streams for foreign listeners after a pretty short time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043wz2c

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the early ideas for the different rival gangs have been noted in a few studies of Robbins' life and career.

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