GEMS ARE RE-BORN!
reissues of WEST SIDE STORY and A STAR IS BORN to include previously
8, 2004) - New York, NY - On May 18, 2004, Columbia/Legacy/Sony
Music Soundtrax will release the expanded, re-mixed, and re-mastered
classic movie soundtracks from A STAR IS BORN and WEST SIDE STORY,
which together earned
17 Academy AwardT nominations.
to THE WIZARD OF OZ, A STAR IS BORN is Judy Garland's most celebrated
film role, featuring the classic song "The Man that Got Away".
The musical retelling of a 1937 drama, A STAR IS BORN was a triumphant
comeback for Judy Garland, whose career had been put on hold after
her 15-year tenure at MGM, and marked the first time she worked
for a different studio. Garland and then husband producer Sid Luft,
tapped director George Cukor, composer Harold Arlen, lyricist Ira
Gershwin, and score composer Ray Heindorf for this production.
heads deemed the film too long, at just over 3 hours, and demanded
that it be recut. In the process, three musical numbers performed
by Garland were deleted. Even in this truncated form, A STAR IS
BORN earned 6 Academy AwardT nominations including Best Scoring
of a Musical Picture, Best Song, and Judy Garland's only nomination
as Best Actress. In 1983 historian/archivist Ron Haver edited the
film close to its original length-which is the version now available
on DVD and VHS. Today it is one of the few musicals earmarked for
protection and preservation by the Library of Congress and the National
the soundtrack has never been out of print since 1954, Sony Legacy's
new version of A STAR IS BORN-Original Soundtrack is the first time
it is presented in an expanded format with three never-before-released
vocal outtakes and a dozen tracks of previously unreleased score
music. It also features liner notes by John Fricke, author of Judy
Garland/World's Greatest Entertainer and Judy Garland/A Portrait
the time the film version of WEST SIDE STORY was released in the
fall of 1961, it was already a worldwide hit musical on stage. The
film starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed
lovers in this retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set
in modern-day New York City. It was both a critical and box-office
success, eventually earning 10 Academy AwardsT, including Best Picture,
Director, Scoring of a Musical Picture, Supporting Actress (Rita
Moreno) and Supporting Actor (George Chakiris).
was the common practice in Hollywood, the singing voices of the
four lead actors were dubbed. Jim Bryant offered vocals for Richard
Beymer, Betty Wand for Rita Moreno, and Tucker Smith some of the
vocals for Russ Tamblyn (father of Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn).
Marni Nixon, best known for providing the vocals for Deborah Kerr
in THE KING AND I and Audrey Hepburn in MY FAIR LADY, did the singing
for Natalie Wood.
reissue of WEST SIDE STORY-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is
the most complete version of the music from the film. It contains
the "Intermission Music", which has never been released
on CD. As an added bonus, Richard Ridge, the host of the weekly
television show Broadway Beat, wrote extensive liner notes for this
recording, which is part of the Columbia Broadway Masterworks series.
original motion picture soundtracks A STAR IS BORN and WEST SIDE
STORY will be in stores on May 18, 2004.