Marilyn D'Honau (a Jet) and Liane Plane (a Shark) members of the original Broadway cast remember West Side Story.

Two of the original cast members of West Side Story still live and teach in New York City.

Marilyn D'Honau
(who played a Jet named Clarice)

...and Liane Plane
(who played a Shark named Marguerita)

In February of 2017, Marilyn and Liane visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and recorded some of their memories of working on West Side Story.

Marilyn and Liane discuss how their performance backgrounds were unusual in the 1950s.

Marilyn D'Honau was a senior in high school when the show opened. Her memories of the show are also the memories of a high school student.

The run of the show was also an important time in Liane's life.

Many histories of West Side Story recount how director Jerome Robbins tried to create authentic tension between the Jets and the Sharks. Liane and Marilyn remember...

The cast remembers Jerome Robbins' genius and his demanding direction.

Peter Gennaro, assistant choreographer, choreographed many of the Shark's dances.

Memories of composer Leonard Bernstein

The show was not immediately well-received.

Some of the cast backstage at the first anniversary of the show.

Reri Grist, who sang "Somewhere" from the orchestra pit, went on to become a famous opera singer.

After West Side Story many of the Jets and Sharks, including Liane and Marilyn, moved into television.

Even 60 years later, though, the cast loves remembering West Side Story.

Thanks to Marilyn and Liane for sharing their memories!

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Interview with Marilyn D'Honau and Liane Plane at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Interviewer: Misy Singson

Thanks to the staff of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division for the use of their oral history studio.

Exhibit curated by Doug Reside

Original 1957 Scenic Design by Oliver Smith, © Rosaria Sinisi

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