By Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Stated first edition, first printing of the Arthur Laurents-penned book of the Tony-award winning musical, a US American ROMEO AND JULIET.
Near fine in very good plus dust jacket.
WEST SIDE STORY
"All the world is only you and me!"
WEST SIDE STORY — with music by Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (his debut), and book by Laurents — took Broadway by storm when it debuted in 1957. John Chapman of the New York Daily News called its story of a love affair across race and class in blue-collar New York "a venturesome forward step" in US theater, adding that he found the music "fascinatingly tricky and melodically beguiling." It would go on to earn six Tony nominations and win two. Its success carried over to Hollywood, where the 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Read more: John Chapman, "West Side Story a Splendid and Super-Modern Musical Drama," New York Daily News 27 September 1957.
New York: Random House, 1958. 8'' x 5.25''. Original grey cloth with black-and-white pictorial paste-on and gilt lettering. Original unclipped ($2.95) pictorial dust jacket. Red topstain. Black-and-white photographic illustrations of the Broadway production. 144 pages. Bookplate signed by Laurents loosely laid in. Pencil notations of corresponding page numbers to "Musical Numbers" table of contents. Jacket with light edgewear, a bit of rubbing to rear; spine sunned. Binding with mild edgewear, faint spotting to topstain; slight lean.
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