It is no secret that audiences are looking forward to West Side Story in the coming year, whether its Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming big-screen version or the upcoming Broadway revival scheduled to open at Broadway’s Broadway Theatre on February 6, 2020. Well, that Broadway-bound production, set to be directed by Tony winner Ivo Van Hove, with all new choreography by Anne Teresa Keersmaeker, has announced a cast.
23 performers will make their Broadway debuts in this highly-anticipated revival. The cast will include Shereen Pimentel as Maria, Isaac Powell as Tony, Yesenia Ayala as Anita, Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Ben Cook as Riff, Ahmad Simmons as Diesel, Danny Wolohan as Officer Krupke, Jacob Guzman as Chino, Kevin Csolak as A-Rab, Matthew Johnson (debut) as Baby John, Dharon E. Jones (debut) as Action, Zuri Noelle Ford (debut) as Anybodys, Daniel Oreskes as Doc, Pippa Pearthree as Glad Hand, Thomas Jay Ryan as Lt. Schrank, and an ensemble including Alexa De Barr (debut), Daniel Ching (debut), Gabi Campo, Gino Cosculluela (debut), Marc Crousillat (debut), Stephanie Crousillat (debut), Roman Cruz (debut), Tyler Eisenreich (debut), Armando Eleazar (debut), Marlon Feliz (debut), Satori Folkes-Stone (debut), Constance François (debut), Carlos Gonzalez, Jennifer Gruener (debut), Jarred Manista (debut), Michaela Marfori (debut), Michelle Mercedes (debut), Michael Seltzer (debut), Corey John Snide, Sheldon True (debut), Ricky Ubeda, Madison Vomastek (debut), Tony Ward, Bridget Whitman (debut), and Kevin Zambrano (debut).
The design team for West Side Story includes scenery and lighting design by Mr. van Hove’s longtime collaborator, five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Versweyveld. Costume design will be by An d’Huys, sound design by Tom Gibbons, video design by Luke Halls, and orchestrations by Tony and Academy Award winner Jonathan Tunick. Alexander Gemignani will serve as music supervisor / musical director.
West Side Story originally opened on Broadway in 1957 under the direction of Jerome Robbins, who also provided the show’s Tony Award-winning choreography. With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical was produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince. The cast featured Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, and Chita Rivera.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.