WEST SIDE STORY – Opens At The Orpheum, 10/27

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

WEST SIDE STORY comes to the Orpheum Theatre October 27th and plays through November 28th. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life). The cast will star Kyle Harris as “Tony”, Ali Ewoldt as “Maria”, Michelle Aravena as “Anita”, Joseph J. Simeone as “Riff” and German Santiago as “Bernardo”.
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The Broadway Company. Photo, Joan Marcus

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KYLE HARRIS (Tony) and ALI EWOLDT (Maria)

WEST SIDE STORY, the ultimate classic romantic musical based on Romeo and Juliet, is written by three theatrical luminaries: librettist Arthur Laurents (Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Nick & Nora, Hallelujah, Baby!) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award-winners composer Leonard Bernstein (Candide, Wonderful Town, On The Town) and Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Follies) for the lyrics in what was his Broadway debut.

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MICHELLE ARAVENA (Anita) and JOSEPH J. SIMEONE (Riff)

The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered one of Broadway’s finest treasures, featuring such classic songs of the American musical theatre as Something’s Coming, Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere. The original production opened in September 1957, closing after 732 performances in June 1959. It received five Tony Awards including Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Carol Lawrence (as “Maria”) and Best Choreography for Jerome Robbins.

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JEROME ROBBINS, Choreographer – GERMAN SANTIAGO (Bernardo)

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Music by Leonard Bernstein – Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Also featured are Mike Boland as “Krupke”, Ryan Christoper Chotto as “A-rab”, Stephen DeRosa as “Glad Hand”, Drew Foster as “Action”, Alexandra Frohlinger as “Anybodys”, Jay Garcia as “Chino”, Grant Gustin as “Baby John”, Nathan Keen as “Big Deal”, Christopher Patrick Mullen as “Schrank”, John O’Creagh as “Doc”, Kyle Robinson as “Diesel”, Cary Tedder as “Snowboy”, along with Lauren Boyd, Alicia Charles, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Dea Julien, Daniel Kermidas, Kristen Paulicelli, Christie Portera, Erika Santillana, Kevin Santos, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker.

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The Broadway Company – Karen Olivo as “Anita” and Ensemble
Photo, Joan Marcus

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