Oklahoma City University News
Sanchez Sings on Grammy-Winning "West Side Story" Album
Alumna Jennifer Sanchez is featured in the cast recording of the Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” which won the 2010 Grammy Award as Best Musical Show Album.
Sanchez has performed the role of Rosalia since the revival opened at Broadway’s Palace Theatre on March 19, 2009. She earned her master’s degree in music theater in 2005 from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. The Albuquerque native studied voice with Professor Larry Keller, and was coached by Professor Jan McDaniel.
In addition to her Broadway performances, Sanchez performed with the cast at the 2009 Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall, on “Dancing with the Stars,” and on “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
The Grammy-winnng album, with a cast of 46, was released by Sony Masterworks and produced by David Caddick and David Lai.
The current revival of West Side Story initially included several musical sequences sung in Spanish, and this idea was preserved on the cast album. "I Feel Pretty" became "Me Siento Hermosa," "A Boy Like That" became "Un Hombre Asi."
The Grammys, administered by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, celebrate excellence in the recording industry. Other nominees this year in the Best Musical Show Album category were “Ain't Misbehavin',” “Hair,” “9 To 5, The Musical” and “Shrek, The Musical.”