A version of this song was performed by the in-house band and singers to introduce a episode of the Polish version of Name That TuneJaka to Melodia? Inthe song was used in advertisements for Admiral Insurance though with different lyrics.
Together, Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim created a modern parable about love as a force capable of transcending differences of all kinds.
The song begins as an argument between the Shark girls, some of whom want to go home and others who are more sanguine about the opportunities the mainland offers. InThe Nicefeaturing Keith Emersoncovered an instrumental version of "America" as the band's second single. The central portion of the number is a long dance break over a complex twelve-tone fugue, plus a winding countermelody with the contour and tone colors of the cool jazz style.
Usage in popular culture[ edit ] A theme from "America" was referenced by John Williams for his celebratory For New Yorkcomposed in for Bernstein's 70th birthday gala.
America Composed The heavy-metal band Metallica incorporated a few bars from the song in the opening riff from their song, " Don't Tread on Me ".