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Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim - "Somewhere" from "West Side Story"
In the stage musical, the song appears in the second act of the show during the Somewhere Ballet. It is performed by an off-stage soprano singer and is later reprised by the entire company. In the original Broadway production, "Somewhere" was sung by Reri Grist who played the role of Consuelo.
At the end of the show, when Tony is shot, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as he dies in her arms.
In late 1957, this recording was released on the album West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast).
In the 1961 film, the song occurs at a pivotal point, after the rumble in which Tony (Richard Beymer) has stabbed Maria's brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris). Having nowhere else to go, Tony runs to Maria (Natalie Wood) who has just been told of her brother's death and who killed him. When Tony comes to her room through the balcony window, Maria, in shock, pounds against his chest.
Realizing in spite of her anger that she still loves Tony, Maria begs him to hold her. After Maria cries out, "It's not us...it's everything around us." Tony replies, "Then I'll take you away, where nothing can get to us." He then begins singing "Somewhere" to her. His comforting voice draws her in and it becomes a duet of hope that their love will survive "somehow, someday, somewhere."
As in the stage show, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as Tony dies in her arms. In 2004, this version finished at #20 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
Note: This is a two-part contest
Part One - OST: Jim Bryant and Marni Nixon - Bobby Darin - Jack Jones - Nadine Sierra - Barbra Streisand - Nancy Wilson
Part Two - Idina Menzel and Lea Michele - Renée Fleming - Aretha Franklin - Lena Horne - Johnny Mathis - Dionne Warwick - Andy Williams
OST - Jim Bryant and Marni Nixon dubbing for Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood