I feel pretty turning 50…

Wednesday (Sept. 26) marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of West Side Story on Broadway. I did the show in high school, playing a Jet called Mouthpiece, which seemed a funny name since I had few lines. (I went to an all boys high school, Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx, and we brought in girls to do the shows, which explains a lot about the popularity of theater at Hayes. )

To me, if you are thinking of an audio track for a baby boomer turning 50, there are several great choices in West Side Story. If you can find it, the wackiest is Little Richard singing “I Feel Pretty.” (Here is a link to a YouTube video that uses LR’s version.)

Here are some West Side Story links: