Leonard Bernstein: Pass the Football

Written by Leann Osterkamp


In category: Song of the Day

Published November 16, 2017

This terrific remastered original cast recording from the 1953 rendition of Wonderful Town portrays Wreck, a guy who describes his fame and glory days as a student because of his ability to pass the ol’ pigskin. In this hilarious song, Wreck can’t spell, read, or write… but he introduced Albert Einstein, passed the bar exam, had every girl he could ever want, and got every scholarship… because he could pass that football!!

Bernstein had an amazing knack for capturing the humor of everyday life. The relatability of his characters make his theater works timelessly relevant.


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Award-winning American pianist Leann Osterkamp is a NYFOS Next and Emerging Artist alum and the first pianist to participate in NYFOS’s Caramoor residency. A Young Steinway Artist, she is releasing a solo album The Complete Works of Leonard Bernstein for Solo Piano on the Steinway and Sons label this fall. Leann will be featured extensively in the CUNY Graduate Center’s upcoming A Bernstein Marathon, part of the worldwide Bernstein at 100 celebration, on December 2.


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