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

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

I'm a college student getting my Master's in English, but dreams of getting an additional degree in Film. I'm a movie reviewer for several sites, but I also write classic film reviews for several other sites. I stretch myself pretty thin these days. You can usually find me at a bookstore, or a movie theater. I dream of the day when the two are combined. I base a lot of my friendships on favorite movies.

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