Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Six of the world's most gifted vocalists of Broadway show tunes, with a plethora of Tony and Grammy awards between them -- Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Dawn Upshaw, Donna Murphy, Judy Blazer, and Richard Muenz -- pay homage to legendary tunesmith and conductor Leonard Bernstein in the concert film Leonard Bernstein's New York. Each of three segments features the cast members singing selections from one of Leonard Bernstein's Manhattan-themed shows, filmed live in the locations where the original scenes are set. The first, with extracts from the composer's late 1944 musical On the Town, has the ensemble singing "New York, New York"; Murphy, Blazer, and Patinkin singing "Ya Got Me"; Patinkin and Blazer singing "Come Up to My Place"; Upshaw singing "Lonely Town"; Patinkin singing "Some Other Time"; and Murphy singing "Ain't Got No Tears Left." The second segment, with musical extracts from Bernstein's 1953 musical Wonderful Town, has Muenz, Upshaw, and Murphy singing "What a Waste"; Muenz singing "A Quiet Girl"; Patinkin singing "Wrong Note Rag"; Blazer singing "Story of My Life"; and McDonald singing "A Little Bit in Love." The third, with musical extracts from Bernstein's 1957 West Side Story, has Upshaw and Muenz singing "One Hand, One Heart," and McDonald and Patinkin singing "Tonight."