Leonard Bernstein Centennial begins Live from Lincoln Center

By TheatreRat

2018 is the centennial of prolific composer, pianist and conductor, Leonard Bernstein and the entire country will get to join Live from Lincoln Center with what will be just one of countless celebrations throughout the year.

In its annual New Year’s Eve Concert, the New York Philharmonic will pay tribute to its Laureate Conductor with Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Jackson, Laura Osnes, and Aaron Tveit for “Bernstein on Broadway.”  Included in the evening’s program will be selections from the “Candide,” On the Town,” and “West Side Story.”

(Image courtesy of PBS website)

Check your local PBS listings for exact broadcast time and details


Read “Bernstein on Broadway” program notes HERE

Bernstein was married to Felicia Montealegre from 1951 until 1978 when he publicly acknowledged his true sexuality.  In a book of personal letters published in 2014, it was revealed Montealegre entered the marriage eyes wide open when she wrote to him saying,

”…you [Bernstein] are a homosexual and may never change – you don’t admit to the possibility of a double life, but if your peace of mind, your health, your whole nervous system depend on a certain sexual pattern, what can you do?

…I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr or sacrificing myself on the L.B. altar. (I happen to love you very much – this may be a disease and if it is what better cure?)”

Read “Bernstein in letters – gifted, gay and loved by his wife” via Reuters.com HERE

One can only imagine what Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim must have both been thinking and feeling in 1956-57 when they wrote “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us) for “West Side Story.”


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