The musical West Side Story was the subject of a 1985 Dramatists Guild Landmark Symposium at which the authors of its conception and choreography (Jerome Robbins, also its director), its book (Arthur Laurents), its lyrics (Stephen Sondheim), and its music (Leonard Bernstein) were on hand to tell an audience of dramatists how it was at the creation of this now-memorable hit. Their discussion was moderated by Vice President Terrence McNally, who as a member of the Guild’s Projects Committee (Gretchen Cryer, chairman; Sandra Schreiber, director of special projects) was in large measure responsible for creating, inspiring, and organizing the Landmark series. Here is the transcript of this session, edited with the approval of the participants. Questioners from the floor are not named.
Feb 09, 2022