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Bright Lights, Big City, Wonderful Town

Leonard Bernstein, composer of "Wonderful Town." (Photo: Paul de Heuck, courtesy The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.)

Leonard Bernstein, composer of Wonderful Town (2016); Photo: Paul de Heuck, courtesy The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

For years, the version of New York City that Leonard Bernstein and Betty Comden and Adolph Green created in Wonderful Town really was the New York that many people around the country believed existed. It was a place where everyone was a lot smarter, a lot tougher, and moved a lot faster than other Americans did. Wonderful Town depicted New Yorkers with a wised-up wit, an unapologetic brashness (with a beating heart underneath), and battle scars from years of surviving life in the city—characters we came to believe were very much like the creators themselves.

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