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Tonight (1956 song)

"Tonight" is a popular song with music written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and was published in 1956.

Single by Ferrante & Teicher
B-side"Dream of Love"
GenreBroadway musical
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
Producer(s)Don Costa
Ferrante & Teicher singles chronology
"Theme from Goodbye Again"


It was introduced in the Broadway musical West Side Story. The movie version, featuring vocals by Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood) and Jimmy Bryant (dubbing Richard Beymer), finished at #59 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

The song was revived in 1961 on single records in versions by Ferrante & Teicher (#8 pop, #2 easy listening)[1] and Eddie Fisher, whose version narrowly missed the Top 40.[2] Shirley Bassey recorded the song in 1962, where it peaked at #21 on the UK charts, becoming the only recording of this song to chart on the UK charts. Jay and the Americans also released a cover version of the song. Andy Williams released a version on his 1962 album, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes. Sergio Franchi recorded the song in his 1963 RCA Records Red Seal album, Broadway, I Love You.[3] We Five released the song on their 1966 album, You Were on My Mind.[4]

Many of the pieces in West Side Story experiment with different melodic tricks. This song is notable for its prominent perfect fourth intervals, and a theme that starts on a pentatonic scale but develops into a western key.

Gloria Gaynor released a disco version in 1980. Jenna Ushkowitz sang the song on Glee, on the episode Preggers. Tonight was featured again in the fifth episode of the third season of the show, "The First Time," this time sung by Lea Michele and Darren Criss. Billy Eckstine recorded the song in 1961 with Hal Mooney And His Orchestra. Gloria Estefan recorded the song with Dave Grusin from the album "Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story" (1997).

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  1. ^ Ferrante & Teicher's charting singles Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Eddie Fisher's charting singles Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Sergio Franchi, Broadway, I Love You Retrieved February 6, 2012
  4. ^ We Five, You Were on My Mind Retrieved March 7, 2012.