Goddard Lieberson in National Theatre (Washington, D.C.) - August, 1957

from Letter from Goddard Lieberson to Leonard Bernstein, 30 Aug 1957, page 377:

I know you’re up to your ears in unsolicited praise at this point, but I’ve found myself so full of this project of yours all this week that I need to let your know what I think of it.... We’ve glutted the language with so many words and non-words that by now a term like “fine” has little meaning. But it has meaning for me, and it’s that word which I now find myself stuck with when I think about the way your talent has combined with your material this time. I mistrust my initial impression a little - I really can’t believe that any one thing can be the best of its sort in my …   more >>
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Goddard Lieberson, Letter from Goddard Lieberson to Leonard Bernstein, 30 Aug 1957. In Nigel Simeone (ed.), The Leonard Bernstein Letters (City of New Haven, 2013), p. 377. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1388239869043 accessed: 15 April, 2024

location of experience: National Theatre (Washington, D.C.)


Listening to

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West Side Story
written by Leonard Bernstein

Experience Information

Date/Time August, 1957
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Goddard Lieberson (1911-1977) English-born record producer who became president of Columbia Records. West Side Story had an out-of-town tryout at the National Theatre in Washington DC and then opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on 26 September 1957

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:11:09 +0000