Today, today, BroadwayWorld is absolutely thrilled to present this World Premiere Exclusive clip from the 50th Anniversary Special Edition DVD/Blu-ray of WEST SIDE STORY - in stores today - in which Stephen Sondheim discusses his compositional process in working with Leonard Bernstein on the ROMEO & JULIET-based musical tragedy. Believe it or not, the melody that became "One Hand, One Heart" actually began as a tune composed for Bernstein's CANDIDE, but, with Sondheim's smart suggestion (and parody lyric), Bernstein transformed the melody into something even grander - and infinitely more sing-able - and, married with Sondheim's simple and elegant lyrics, made it into the classic love song for the ages we all know and cherish. Additionally, the song has remained a standout of the score and was introduced to a new generation last Tuesday when Lea Michele and Darren Criss performed it on GLEE (as well as many other WEST SIDE STORY standards). Some love songs live forever and this is undoubtedly one of them - for very good reason!
This revealing illustration of the writing of "One Hand, One Heart" is a sequence from the newly-recorded Blu-ray special feature "Song Specific Commentary By Stephen Sondheim" and also includes footage of the brand new restored picture of the film as represented on the spectacular new Blu-ray release that can now be yours to own - just in time for the holidays.
BroadwayWorld fans and Broadway babies are certainly gonna have their way today!
A riveting dramatic realization by theatrical titans at the top of their game, WEST SIDE STORY is as good as musical theatre gets - amply evident in "One Hand, One Heart" and as seen and heard throughout in the fantastic, 10-time Oscar-winning feature film that has never looked or sounded better than it does now on this new release.
If you have not yet seen the extensive SOUND OFF analysis of the new Blu-ray of WEST SIDE STORY you can read it here.
Now, click below for the World Premiere Exclusive of Stephen Sondheim discussing "One Hand, One Heart" from the WEST SIDE STORY Blu-ray, in stores today! Enjoy!