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.
The ensemble includes Olivia Benson, Rebekah Morgan Berger, Dalton Bertolone, Brian Binion, Jacob Burns, Gerald Caesar, Susie Carroll, Tori Gresham, Caroline Iliff, Liam Johnson, AaronBennett Miller, Janayla Montes, TJ Newton, Alyssa Sarnoff, Cassidy Stoner, Adria Swan, Ty Taylor and Ross Thompson.
The creative team includes: Cassie Abate (Director/Choreographer), Vincent J. Cardinal(Artistic Director), NDavid Williams (Music Director), Tim Brown (Scenic/Projection Design),Christina Bullard (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Michael Skinner (Sound Design), Tom Kosis (Production Stage Manager), Tom McDonough (Conductor/Pianist) and McCorkle Casting (New York Casting).
Single tickets are currently sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.