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Run For Your Life
Starring Ben Gazzara

West Side Story Original Cast in 2007

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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

Members of the West Side Story original Broadway cast rehearse with the 50th anniversary production dancers for a charity performance in 2007, including songs by “Anita” Chita Rivera and “Maria” Carol Lawrence (the redhead in maroon skirt) who also played Paul Bryan's fiancée Kate Pierce in Run For Your Life.


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

In 1957 Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to perform their hit duet from West Side Story.

Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert sing Tonight on television

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