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re: More to the 'West Side' story
Posted by: PlayWiz 08:02 pm EDT 05/26/23
In reply to: re: More to the 'West Side' story - AlanScott 07:10 pm EDT 05/26/23

Wasn't the story that Larry Kert was hired among other cast members at first as one of the Jets and only found out after being cast (or perhaps at rehearsal) that he had been cast as Tony, the male lead? The creative powers might have felt differently about such things as demanding a high C or sustained Bbs if he had auditioned specifically for Tony and prepared, say, a difficult tenor aria. But apparently they thought he had the right quality for the role that those high notes weren't required of him after all, with Bernstein's approval.
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