By Imogen Lloyd Webber
The Jets and Sharks are rolling into New Jersey! Matt Doyle and Belinda Allyn will lead the upcoming Paper Mill Playhouse production of West Side Story as Tony and Maria, respectively. The previously announced revival of Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical will run June 1 through June 26, with the official opening scheduled for June 5.
Doyle has appeared on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Bye Bye Birdie and Spring Awakening. Allyn recently made her Great White Way debut in Allegiance.
The cast will also include Natalie Cortez as Anita (a role she played on Broadway in the 2009 reboot), German Alexander as Bernardo (a part he appeared as on national tour), Mikey Winslow (On the Town) as Riff, Maria Briggs (White Christmas) as Anybodys, John Michael Fiumara (Newsies) as Diesel, William Ragsdale (Getting Away With Murder) as Schrank, Parker Slaybaugh (Hello Dolly!) as Baby John, Craig Waletzko (Guys and Dolls) as Glad Hand and Cody Williams (On the Town) as Action.
West Side Story is the groundbreaking and legendary musical that set the bar for all musical theater. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York City as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Rounding out the ensemble will be: Danny Bevins, Victoria Casillo, Damian Chambers, Philip Colgan, Brittany Conigatti, Lauren Csete, Tenealle Farragher, Lisa Finegold, Jordan Isadore, Ilda Mason, Kat Nejat, Kevin Michael Raponey, Alexia Sky, Summerisa Bell Stevens, Jayme Wappel and James Allen Washington.