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A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

The centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is not until the summer after next, but the West Coast has already gotten a jump-start over Broadway with the musicals. Michael Tilson Thomas last summer conducted a semi-staged version of “On the Town” with the San Francisco Symphony, while Gustav Dudamel led “West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl.

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday night, it was Los Angeles Opera’s turn, for a semi-staged performance of “Wonderful Town” conducted by the company’s resident conductor, Grant Gershon. On Broadway, no one – other than the cast —  pays much attention to the...