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List of Leonard Bernstein plays with descriptions, including any musicals by Leonard Bernstein, playwright. This Leonard Bernstein plays list includes promotional photos when available, as well as information about co-writers and Leonard Bernstein characters. This list of plays by Leonard Bernstein is listed alphabetically and includes art of the play's posters when available. The list you're viewing is made up of items like West Side Story and Wonderful Town. What plays did Leonard Bernstein write? All these, one-acts, musicals, or full-length plays are by Leonard Bernstein and can help you decide, "What are the best Leonard Bernstein plays?" (5 items)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Leonard Bernstein Plays List
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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a 1976 musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. It is considered to be a legendary Broadway flop, running only seven performances. It was Bernstein's last original score for Broadway. ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Leonard Bernstein ^! Alan Jay Lerner

On the Town is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Leonard Bernstein Plays List
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On the Town is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them "New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "I Can Cook, Too", and "Some Other Time". The story concerns three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors meets and quickly connects with a woman. On the Town was first produced on Broadway in 1944 and was made into a film in 1949, although the film replaced all but three of the original Broadway songs with ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Leonard Bernstein , Adolph Green , Betty Comden

Characters: Gabey, Chip, Ozzie, Ivy Smith, Brunhilde Esterhazy, + more

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The Race to Urga


The Race to Urga is a musical theatre play, started in 1968 as an adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht play The Exception and the Rule, with the project soon renamed to A Pray by Blecht. The theme of Brecht's play was the exploitation of capitalism of the working class in the 1930s. Jerome Robbins asked John Guare to write the adaptation. Leonard Bernstein was to compose the music, with Stephen Sondheim intending to write the lyrics. The musical was announced for a production at Lincoln Center for January 1969, but during cast auditions Robbins left the production and it was not produced. The show was never completed, but in April–May 1987 a workshop production was presented at the Mitzi ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Leonard Bernstein ^! Stephen Sondheim

West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Leonard Bernstein Plays List
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West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, libretto/lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim

Characters: Maria, Tony, Anita, A-rab, Bernardo, + more

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#3 on The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

#7 on The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals

#8 on The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s

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