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Musical numbers

Act 1

1. "Prologue" (Instrumental) ­ Jets and Sharks
2. "Jet Song" ­ Riff, Action, Baby John, A-rab, Big Deal and Jets
3. "Something's Coming" ­ Tony
4. "Dance At The Gym" (Instrumental) ­ Jets and Sharks
"Blues"
"Promenade"
"Mambo"
"Cha-cha"
"Meeting Scene" ­ Tony and Maria
"Jump"…

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"Somewhere" (Song and Dance) ­ Company and "Dream Consuelo" (in the
2009 revival, "Kiddo", Tony, Maria, and Company)
"Procession and Nightmare" ­ Jets and Sharks
14. "Gee, Officer Krupke" ­ Action, A-rab, Diesel, Baby John and the Jets
15. "A Boy Like That" ("Un Hombre Así" in the 2009 revival)…

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Balcony Scene
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America

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"America" is a well known chorus number from West Side Story. Leonard
Bernstein composed the music; Stephen Sondheim wrote the song's lyrics. It is
well known for using a mixed meter:




In the original stage version of the musical, Anita (the girlfriend of the leader
of the Sharks, and the…

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One Hand, One Heart

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Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)

The song is used to show anticipation to the coming night, which will end up being
the climactic part of the play. The "Tonight Quintet" is sung in five parts: the Jets, the
Sharks, Tony, Maria, and Anita. The song begins with the parts sung in…

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The Rumble

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How is tonality used in the two extended scenes you have looked
at?




How are different styles, rhythms and tempos used- what do
they symbolise?




Describe the vocal writing in these two scenes.

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How is drama created in each scene? Think about
instrumentation, texture, rhythm, melody, harmony and
structure. Use the table below.

Feature Song How does this create drama?
and bar
Rhythm (Tempo di America Creates contrasted image of the Sharks'
Huapango) native Puerto Rica while they discuss
contrasts between America and…

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