During intermission at NY Philharmonic’s orchestration of “West Side Story,” I read in wikipedia that the movie adaption changed lyrics like: “When you’re a Jet if the spit hits the fan” to “When you’re a Jet let them do what they can.”
An older lady sitting in the next row overheard me telling my friends, and nodded saying:
“YEP – they had to clean it up for the screen!!”
A few minutes later, the conductor explained that tonight’s show was in honor of West Side Story’s 50th anniversary. Several original cast members were in the audience, and each stood up to be recognized.
It turns out the woman sitting in front of me was Leonard Bertein‘s DAUGHTER, who had come with her brother.
It was a great night in NYC.
Applauding Russ Tamblyn, who played the Jet’s Riff.