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Run For Your Life
Starring Ben Gazzara

Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert sing Tonight

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The Ultimate Guide to Run for Your Life Starring Ben Gazzara salutes Carol Lawrence - Kate Pierce in the series - in her role as the original Maria of West Side Story

Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert (Maria and Tony from the original Broadway cast of West Side Story sing “Tonight” on The Ed Sullivan Show


As a salute to Carol Lawrence, who plays Paul Bryan's fiancée Kate Pierce in Run For Your Life, we showcase Ms. Lawrence in her memorable role as Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story.

Thrilling to watch! In 2007, a large number of the original Broadway cast of West Side Story joined members of a revival production to rehearse for a benefit show - performing The Jet Song, I Feel Pretty, A Boy Like That, I Have a Love and Tonight

Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera, Michael Callan & Ken Le Roy in a 2007 West Side Story Rehearsal

Watch another view of the same rehearsal session, but this one more intimate, and ending with all joining Reri Grist as she reprises her Broadway performance of “Somewhere” in a moment that will deeply touch every heart.

Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera and company join Reri Grist singing Somewhere

Original Maria, Carol Lawrence, and Anita, Chita Rivera, share memories of West Side Story's development

Landmark interviews with Carol Lawrence and Chita Rivera,

On stage, Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence in the West Side Story scene she refers to in the above interview, where Tony searches for Maria, and finds her on the fire escape.

Larry Kert sings "Maria" followed by "Tonight" duet with Carol Lawrence

From her stage show, “A Dancer's Life,” Chita Rivera talks about getting the part of Anita, and how Leonard Bernstein helped her to develop the West Side Story role. Delightful!

Chita Rivera talks about and sings “A Boy Like That”

The 2007 rehearsal scenes above were for a benefit performance at the Gypsy of the Year Awards. Here's a video of their performance on stage.

Original Broadway cast members of West Side Story on stage in 2007

Between 1966 and 1967, Carol Lawrence made three appearances on Run For Your Life. The following scene is from “The Day Time Stopped” where she plays Paul Bryan's fiancée.

Maria, Carol Lawrence as Kate Pierce in Run For Your Life