July 9th, 2016

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First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Connecticut Rep

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) presents the Broadway classic West Side Story with book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics byStephen Sondheim, and based on a concept ofJerome Robbins. West Side Story will be directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate (CRT's Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, The Music Man) is the final show of the 2016 Nutmeg Sumer Series. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!

Yurel Echezarreta of the original Broadway casts of Aladdin and Matilda, as well as the revival casts of La Cage Aux Folles (2010) and West Side Story (2009) will play gang leader Bernardo. Jose Luaces of Broadway's A Christmas Story and CRT's Peter Pan will play Indio.

CRT favorite Luke Hamilton (CRT's Xanadu, LES MISERABLES, Gypsy) will return as Tony and Julia Estrada will make her CRT debut as Maria. Bentley Black (National Tour of Queen's We Will Rock You) will play Tony's friend and Jet leader Riff. Gabriel Bernal (CRT's LES MISERABLES, Peter Pan, A Chorus Line) will play Anxious. John Bixler (Bratt in CRT's How To Succeed...) is Lt. Schrank/Gladhand, Nick Lawson (CRT's A Chorus Line) is Officer Krupke andDale AJ Rose (CRT's Gypsy, Olives and Blood) is Doc.
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West Side Story: the memory lingers on
Broadway Rose's vibrant production captures the up-to-date thrills and issues of a 60-year-old American musical classic

Christa Morletti McIntyre

In 1957 theater critic Walter Kerr wrote this famous opening line: “The radioactive fallout from West Side Story must still be descending on Broadway this morning.”

West Side Story lost out in awards that year to the equally iconic piece of American pie known as The Music Man, but West Side Story was a nutshell of figures, issues, and culture that would come to dominate the stage and set the bar for what audiences would expect in performances for the next few decades.

Broadway Rose is taking on Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins this summer, first with its production of West Side Story, running through July 24, then with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Aug. 2-24. Robbins choreographed and directed West Side Story, which was Sondheim’s Broadway breakthrough show, as lyricist; Leonard Bernstein composed the score. Forum was the first show for which Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics.
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Jet Week: Where are they now?

By David Preston | @davpresto

WASHINGTON — While the curtain comes down on WTOP “Jet Week,” we never got to see what happened after the curtain came down on “West Side Story.”

Yes, we know that Tony, Bernardo and Riff each met their respective ends on stage and screen, but what happened to the rest of the characters going forward? After plenty of research, some answers.
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