Official Broadway production photos released for West Side Story
Ivo van Hove's Broadway revival of West Side Story is set for an official opening tonight, February 20, 2020.
Tonight, tonight won't be just any night... because it's the Opening Night for the hotly anticipated Broadway revival of West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre. Ahead of the celebrations, producers have now released official production photography, so check out these stunning new shots...
West Side Story, directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove, began previews at the Broadway Theatre on December 10, 2019, and is scheduled for an official opening tonight, February 20, 2020.
The timeless tuner, which originally premiered on Broadway in 1957, features music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. For the first time ever in the United States, the production also features all new choreography courtesy of the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
The principal cast of West Side Story includes Shereen Pimentel (as Maria), Isaac Powell (as Tony), Yesenia Ayala (as Anita), Amar Ramasar (as Bernardo), Dharon E. Jones (as Riff), Ahmad Simmons (as Diesel), Danny Wolohan (as Officer Krupke), Jacob Guzman (as Chino), Kevin Csolak (as A-Rab), Matthew Johnson (as Baby John), Elijah A. Carter (as Action), Zuri Noelle Ford (as Anybodys), Daniel Oreskes (as Doc), Pippa Pearthree (as Glad Hand), and Thomas Jay Ryan (as Lt. Schrank).
The cast features a record-breaking total of 33 actors making their respective Broadway debuts.
Synopsis: "Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story reimagined the most enduring love story ever written as a contemporary musical complete with form-shattering stagecraft and a score for the ages. Now, more than 60 years later, the legacy of that original production, along with subsequent stagings around the globe and the iconic cinematic adaptation, has cemented West Side Story’s place as one the most significant cultural achievements of the 20th century."
The creative team also features orchestrations by Tony and Academy Award winner Jonathan Tunick, scenic & lighting design by van Hove's longtime collaborator and five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An d'Huys, sound design by Tom Gibbons, and video design by Luke Halls. In addition, Alexander Gemignani serves as music supervisor and musical director for the production.
Director Ivo van Hove was previously represented on the Great White Way by Network, which ran from December 2018 through June 2019 and earned him a Tony Award nomination for 'Best Direction of a Play.' Prior to this, he won a Tony Award in 2016 for his revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and also helmed a revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible during that same season. He has also worked extensively off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, most recently directing the 2015 production of Lazarus (featuring the songs of David Bowie).
Since its Broadway debut in 1957, West Side Story has been revived four times on Broadway and was last seen at the Palace Theatre from February 2009 through January 2011.
West Side Story is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, and David Geffen.
West Side Story Tickets are available now for performances through September 6, 2020.
(Photos by Julieta Cervantes / Jan Versweyveld)