"What at was it like, people always ask, growing up in that high-energy environment? I look at the pd try to go back, all those decades ago. Really: what was it like to live amongst grownups who had such exciting, glamorous and — let’s face it – rather un-grownup lives? To be a sulky, uncertain teenager amid all of that… no, it was not easy, and the photographs do remind me. I often felt like I had one pinky’s worth of grip on a vehicle that was flying way too fast for me. Looking back on it now, I realize, of course, that most of the grownups in those pictures must have felt the same way. Everyone was hanging on by their pinkies – but what a ride."
From the Foreword by Jamie Bernstein
An opera in 3 Acts by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Wadsworth.
"The richness of [Bernstein's] infectuously percussive pop-classical musical palette is astounding, with powerful juxtapositions of onstage singing and spoken dialogue, an offstage Greek chorus and perhaps his most imaginative orchestration ever." —USA Today
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