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Broadway Touring Company
‘West Side Story’ Hits Atlanta

2011 January 25
by Susan Asher

The “West Side Story” National Tour opened tonight at the Fox Theatre. Revived on Broadway in 2009, the updated production was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

The original production back in 1957 was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical and won a Tony for Best Choreography.

This production is a “tougher” version of “West Side Story,” the version playwright Arthur Laurents, now 92, says he always wanted to do, according to notes in the playbill.

It is tougher and a lot more sexual and raw, especially the Officer Krupke number.

Raw is good, but nothing beats gut wrenching passion. If there were more of that, it could catapult this production from being good to being great.

“West Side Story” runs Jan. 25-30 at the Fox Theatre.

Arthur Laurents (Book)
Leonard Bernstein (Music)
Stephen Sondheim (Lyrics)
Jerome Robbins (Choreography)
David Saint (Director)

The cast:

Kyle Harris
Ali Ewoldt
Michelle Aravena
Joseph J. Simone
German Santiago
Mike Boland
Ryan Christopher Chotto
Stephen DeRosa
Drew Foster
Alexandra Frohlinger
Jay Garcia
Nathan Keen
Christopher Patrick Mullen
John O’Creagh
Kyle Robinson
Cary Tedder
Lauren Boyd
Alicia Charles
Beth Crandall

Grant Gustin

Dean Andre de Luna
Ted Ely
Lori Ann Ferreri
Ryan Ghysels
Grant Gustin
Tim Hausmann
Déa Julien
Daniel Kermidas
Kristen Paulicelli
Christie Portera
Alexandra Blake Redelico
Erika Santillana
Kevin Santos
Michael Scirrotto
Jeffrey C. Sousa
Jessica Swesey
Kathryn Lin Terza
Kirstin Tucker

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