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West Side Story

Summer 2016

West Side Story

Legendary Musical

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein • Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by
arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

Directed by Dennis Razze

JUNE 15 – JULY 3 | MAIN STAGE

Legendary choreographer-director Jerome Robbins envisioned a modern day version of
Romeo and Juliet set in the racially charged streets of New York City. The incomparable
jazzy and lyrical score, romantic and haunting lyrics, and magnificent script beautifully
capture the fires of young love and fierce tribal passion—all perfectly synthesized
by the athletic lyricism of Robbins’ unforgettable dances. Genius. One of America’s
groundbreaking and most enduring musicals with songs and scenes like TonightMaria,
AmericaCool and Somewhere. Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, who directed
last season’s highly lauded production of Les Misérables, will direct, and Stephen Casey
will recreate Robbins’ spectacular choreography. PG10.

PSF expects the majority of performances to sell out. Order early for best seat options.

Extras

  • Opening night, Friday, June 17. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, June 23 and 30.
  • Dinner with Dennis and Deb: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Saturday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 29, 5:30pm.
  • An Audio Described performance of West Side Story will be held at 8pm on Wednesday June 29th. This performance is a part of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s Arts & Access Program, a yearlong celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The Reading Eagle, George Hatza

“…A  whirlwind of emotion: love so strong it rattles the theater…

“This flawless production seems to fly to its conclusion, as if time itself has become irrelevant.

“A good production of ‘West Side Story’ is a rare commodity. But the PSF’s
mounting is not just good, it’s dazzling, utterly heartbreaking and best of all, unafraid of taking artistic risks.

“I’ve never seen a more nuanced, convincing Tony than Colby’s, a sweeter and finally bolder Maria than Grisso’s. Playing Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, the Puerto Rican gang, and also Maria’s brother, Charles South finds that place where machismo and vulnerability share the same space. It’s a breathtaking turn.

“Jerome Robbins’ original choreography has been restaged by Stephen Casey so rapturously that it moves one to tears.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Julia M. Klein

“Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s elegant production of West Side Story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel.

“Anita’s … celebration of her new life in “America” is a combustible tour-de-force of dance, song and acting….”

The Morning Call, Kathy Lauer-Williams

“As exciting and visually stunning as it is heartbreaking.

“Breathtaking dance drawn from Jerome Robbins’ original choreography fills the stage with electricity.”

“There is a feeling that these young people are ready to explode with energy, and their dancing expresses that exquisitely.

“ As Tony, Austin Colby … shines on the reverent ‘Maria’ and anticipatory ‘Something’s Coming.’

“Maria is played by the diminutive MaryJoanna Grisso…. Her voice… soars on the playful ‘I Feel Pretty’ and impassioned ‘I Have a Love.’”

Lehigh Valley Press, Paul Willistein

“PSF production of ‘West Side’ … is Broadway-caliber on every level. It gleams like a switchblade.

“Brilliant”

“A sizzling example of stagecraft of the highest order by top-notch actors”

DC Metro Arts, Tim Dunleavy

“Director Dennis Razze’s production crackles with vitality from its first scene.

“…A haunting dramatic power.”

Newsworks/WHYY, Howard Shapiro

“Soaring… gorgeous theatre.”

Features & Press Releases

A Battle for Supremacy on the Streets of New York City: West Side Story Opens at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lisa Higgins • 610.282.WILL, ext. 4 June 13, 2016 Lisa.Higgins@pashakespeare.org Center Valley, PA – The groundbreaking musical West Side Story opens on the Main Stage at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and officially launches the company’s 25th anniversary season. Directed by PSF’s Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, West Side Story previews June 15 and June 16 for […]

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By Dennis Razze “The radioactive fallout from West Side Story must still be descending on Broadway this morning.” This was the opening line of Walter Kerr’s review of the opening night performance of West Side Story published in the New York Herald Tribune on September 27, 1957. To Kerr, the impact of the musical was as if an atomic […]

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Stephen Casey Takes a Step in Time Recreating Jerome Robbins’ Choreography for West Side Story By Lisa Higgins The futility of intolerance. All the dance, all the music, and all the words that make West Side Story the singular achievement it is, for Jerome Robbins—who conceived, then choreographed and directed the show—the central theme is simply “the […]

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The Life of Leonard Bernstein: Music as Grace and Inspiration By Megan Diehl He was drawn to music even as a toddler, and his first instrument was a humble windowsill. His mother often referred to him as her “windowsill pianist”— he joyfully listened to their Victrola, tapping rhythmically and watching the passers-by, as if he […]

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Artists

CAST

LEONARDO ALTAFANI
Anxious

JULIAN ALVAREZ*
Pepe/Bernardo u/s

MATT AUGUSTYNIAK
A-rab

CHRISTINE BAGLIVIO
Margarita

JUSTIN BERGSON
Baby John

EDGAR CAVAZOS
Chino

AUSTIN COLBY*
Tony

CORINA RAINE CONNELLY
Anybodys u/s

NOELLE CYBULSKI
Pauline

KELSEY DENAE*
Rosalia

KARLI DINARDO
Anita

BRENDAN DOYLE
Glad Hand

JOSEPH FIERBERG
Big Deal/Action u/s

GABY GAMACHE*
Consuela/Anita u/s

ISABEL GARCIA
Estella

JORNE GILBERT
Moose

TARYN GILBERT
Francisca

MARYJOANNA GRISSO*
Maria

BROOKE HARRSCH
Clarice

MICHAEL JOHN HUGHES
Indio

CAILEIGH IDELL
Female Swing

GERARD LANZEROTTI
Action/Riff u/s

NATHAN MADDEN*
Riff

DANE McMICHAEL
Mouthpiece, Male Swing

KENNETH MICHAEL MURRAY
Gee-tar

FELIX OMAR
Luis

TAYLOR RECKTENWALD
Diesel

EMILY ROYSTON
Velma

EMMA SANTSCHI
Anybody’s

ANDY SAVAGE
Snowboy/Tony u/s

DAVE SCHEFFLER
Officer Krupke

KYLE SCHUMAKER
Toro

CHELSEA MARIAH SOTO
Teresita/Somewhere Soloist/Maria u/s

CHARLES SOUTH*
Bernardo/Dance Captain

EMMY SPAAR
Minnie

ALISSA TUCKER
Graziella

JOE VINCENT*
Doc

WILLIAM ZIELINSKI*
Lt. Shrank

ARTISTIC TEAM

JEROME ROBBINS
Original Choreography

ARTHUR LAURENTS
Book

LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Composer

STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Lyricist

DENNIS RAZZE
Director; Associate Artistic Director, PSF

STEPHEN CASEY
Choreographer

NATHAN DIEHL
Musical Director/Conductor

MICHAEL MCDONALD
Costume Design

STEVEN TENEYCK
Scenic Designer

ERIC T. HAUGEN
Lighting Designer

IAN P. CARR
Sound Designer

MICHAEL ROSSMY
Fight Director

ARIANNA KNAPP
Projection Supervisor

CORY BOULIERIS*
Production Stage Manager

CAROLYN REICH*
Assistant Stage Manager

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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