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July 18th, 2019

BWW Interview: Larry Raben of WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals

by Cary Ginell

With gun violence and immigration continuing to be front page news, West Side Story remains one of our most relevant and thought-provoking musicals. Since its debut on Broadway 60 years ago, the show has been subject to much tinkering by producers and directors wishing to update it, by incorporating ethnic-relevant casts and even, in the case of the most recent Broadway revival, dialog and songs sung in Spanish. 5-Star Theatricals' forthcoming version of the show, which debuts at the Kavli Theatre July 26, promises more reverence to Jerome Robbins' original production, but includes some innovations as well. We spoke with director Larry Raben recently during a rehearsal session.
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Milwaukee Rep Announces Full Cast for WEST SIDE STORY

by BWW News Desk

Milwaukee Repertory Theater kicks off the 2019/20 Season with the iconic American musicalWest Side Story based on a conception of Jerome Robbins with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 - October 27, 2019.
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'West Side Story' Broadway Revival Cast Unveiled

A whopping 23 actors will make their Broadway debuts in the upcoming musical, directed by Tony winner Ivo van Hove and produced by the new partnership of Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen.

Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen on Wednesday announced complete casting for the upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story, a radical reimagining for the 21st century to be directed by Ivo van Hove and choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
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