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Ticklish Business Episode #36: West Side Story (1961)

Originally published January 18, 2018

My year-long Centennial Celebration kicks off with a two-episode look at composer Leonard Bernstein.

Guest Kaci Kielmar joins me to start things off with a look at Sharks, Jets and brownface in the Bernstein-composed musical adaptation, West Side Story.

Want to support the podcast? Consider leaving an iTunes rating and review or becoming a Patron via Patreon. If you’re a TCM Backlot member you can read my article about Leonard Bernstein right now, going further on the composer.

NEXT TIME: Our Bernstein tribute continues with a look at the only score he created for a film, 1954’s On the Waterfront.

Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

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