WEST SIDE STORY

April 9, 2015 - July 5, 2015        Possibly the greatest musical ever created!  A modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set on the mean streets of New York during the turbulent fifties. Caught between two warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, Tony and Maria attempt to create a life together. This brilliant collaboration by Broadway greats LeonardBernstein and Stephen Sondheim combines music, lyrics and dance into a timeless tribute to young love. "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "I Feel Pretty". 

 

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Our last production of West Side Story was in 1998.  We are thrilled that we can finally bring this timeless classic back to the WBT stage!  Director Barry McNabb, who directed and choreographed that production, returns to take the helm. The assistant Director/Choreographer is Warren Curtis.Fight Director is James Jelkin.

Our production stars; Carly Evans as Maria, Zach Trimmer as Tony, Adam Soniak as Riff, Allison Thomas Lee as Anita,  Brandon Contreras as Bernardo,  Mike Boland as Doc and Officer Krupke, Xavier Reyes as Chino, Ed Romanoff as Lt. Shrank and Gladhand, and  Maggie McGrath as Anybody’s. 

Featured are: Sara Brophy, Victoria Casillo, Alexander Gil Cruz, Warren Curtis, Sarah Gawron, Michael Graceffa, Anthony Johnson, Tyler John Logan, Erik Magnus, Kelsey Orem, Emilio Ramos, Arianna Rosario, Kevin Santos, Scott Shedenhelm and Melanie Wildman.

Set Design is by Steve Loftus, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Jonathan Hatton and Mark Zuckerman, Costume Design is by Derek Lockwood.  Wig/Hair Design by Gerard Kelly, The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, Assistant Stage Manager is Duane McDevitt, properties are by Grumpy Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.

Musicians:   Von Ann Stutler - Contractor,   Ryan Edward Wise - Musical Director, John Bowen - Assistant Musical Director/Keyboard   Kenny Ross - Drums, Jordan Jancz - Bass, Ron Kozak - Reeds,  John Trombetta - Trumpet, John Reid - Trumpet, Jason Ingram - trombone.

Barry McNabb (Director/Choreographer) WBT: “CHICAGO”, “West Side Story” and “Footloose”.   Off-Broadway~ Irish Repertory (30+ productions, including “Finian’s Rainbow”~ Lortel Nomination- Choreography~, New Girl in Town, The Emperor Jones, Ernest in Love, Take Me Along, Meet Me in St Louis, etc), Public Theatre (LAByrinth Theatre: Shanley’s “Sailor’s Song” ~Drama Desk nomination – Choreography), York Theatre, Playhouse 91, CSC, Lincoln Center, AMAS, Circle Rep, Blue Angel. Regionally~ Westport Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Bay Street, GEVA, Asolo, Michigan Ensemble, The Alley, Seattle 5th Avenue, Houston TUTS.  Directed “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Prince Music Theatre (5 Barrymore nominations.)  Internationally~  multi award-winning productions of “CHICAGO”, “West Side Story”, “Victor/Victoria”, “When Harry Met Sally” throughout Spain.  Television~ “Saturday Night Live”, “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien” (15 seasons), and “Howard Stern Show”.  Barry is a graduate of University of Oregon, a 2004 Distinguished Alumnus, a member of SDC, and current adjunct faculty for New Studio on Broadway at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Carly Evans (Maria) is so excited to be involved in this beautiful show. She was fortunate enough to play the same role at Ogunquit Playhouse last fall. Other favorite credits include: The Fantasticks (Luisa), The Last 5 Years (Cathy), Sweeney Todd (Johanna) and DOUBT (Sister James). Film/TV: Motive for Murder (Lifetime Movie Network). BFA Musical Theatre from Penn State.

Zach Trimmer
(Tony) is proud to be returning to WBT where he was recently seen as Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific. Selected Credits: The Bard-y Bunch (Greg - Off-B’way). Hairspray (Brad, Corny u/s - Nat’l Tour; Link - TBTS), Avenue Q (Princeton/ Rod u/s - Nat’l Tour, Ogunquit, Gateway), La Cage aux Folles (Jean-Michel - North Shore, TBTS), Grease (Danny - TBTS), The Fantasticks (Matt - WV Public), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince - AZ Broadway), A Wonderful Life (Harry u/s - Engeman). Upcoming: Gypsy (Tulsa Pittsburgh CLO).

Allison Thomas Lee (Anita) is thrilled to the gills to be playing her dream role! Broadway credits: The Addams Family; In The Heights; Tarzan; Aida. National Tours: Wicked; Aida; West Side Story. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow.  TV: The Tomorrow People; Are We There Yet??; SNL. Film: Seven Angry Men and Women; My Man is a Loser

Brandon Contreras (Bernardo) is honored and thrilled to finally perform in this classic piece! Credits include: National tour: In the Heights (1st National). Industrial: 2014 National Agency Convention (Las Vegas, NV). Off-Broadway: Our Lady of 121st Street (Theatre Row), Chautauqua! (Public Theater). Regional: The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, South Pacific. Workshops: Darling by Ryan Scott Oliver, Quanah by Larry Gatlin/ Tony Dodge.