“We're neither pure, nor wise, nor good. We'll do the best we know.”

Leonard Bernstein, Lyricist
"Quite a find... clever touches"
Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle

Director's Note

Working with the legendary Rita Moreno and the incomparable late Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, and George Hearn on this concert production at the San Francisco Symphony was mind-blowing. Bernstein’s score soared under the direction of conductor Patrick Summers, and the fusion of opera talents (Jennifer Welch-Babidge and Keith Phares) combined with the musical theatre gifts of the greats mentioned above, created a synergy of performance that brought this gem of a musical to life in flying colors.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Production Credits

Book: Hugh Wheeler

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Richard Wilbur

Additional Lyrics: John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Chorus Master: Vance George

Producer: San Francisco Symphony

Theatre: Davies Symphony Hall