Tuesday, May 13, 2014



Broadway Tour Directed by David Saint

WHEN: Fri, May 30 at 8 PM; Sat, May 31 at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sun, June 1 at 2 PM & 8 PM
STATE THEATRE, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $75, $65, $55, $45, $35
Ticket Office – 732.246.SHOW (7469)
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State Theatre presents the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story for five performances. West Side Story is sponsored by Bank of America.

Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway and the Artistic Director for George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony® Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

“The State Theatre’s upcoming production of the West Side Story offers New Jersey residents the chance to enjoy an American musical theatre classic,” said Bob Doherty, Bank of America New Jersey president. “Bringing high-caliber live performances to local audiences, the State Theatre is a cultural cornerstone of the economy here in New Jersey.”

AddisonReidCoeandMaryJoannaGrisso_photo by Carol RoseggWest Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.”

The Associated Press says West Side Story “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” Variety says, “The true stars of West Side Story are Jerome Robbins' graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein's score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”

WSS0028r_photo by Carol RoseggWest Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony® Award-winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony® and Grammy® Award-winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. 

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony® Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony® Award-winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle. 

WSS0021r_photo by Carol RoseggThe West Side Story cast features Jarrad Biron Green as Tony, MaryJoanna Grisso as Maria (both, top photo), Michelle Alves as Anita, and Michael Spencer Smith as Bernardo. Also featured are Gabriela Albo as Rosalia, F. Tyler Burnet as Officer Krupke, Taylor P. Conant as Graziella, Alexander Cruzas a swing, Mark Deler as Inca, Nathaniel Dombek as Big Deal, Michael Ehlers as Action, Mark Fishback as Doc, Alejandro Fonseca as a Shark Boy, Patrick Graver as Diesel, Roasalie Graziano (from Hamilton, NJ) as Anybodys, Kevin Hack (from Parlin, NJ) as a Shark Boy, Kristen Hoagland (from Hamilton, NJ) as a swing, Dana Hunter as a Shark Girl, Beau Hutchings as Snowboy, Justin Joseph Laguna as A-rab, Suki Lopez as a Shark Girl, Gabriel Malo as Chino, Skip Pipo as Lt. Schrank, Emilio Ramos as a Shark Boy, Benjiman Dallas Redding as Riff, Hillary Danielle Reiter as a Shark Girl, Shaun Repetto as a swing, Ricardo Rique-Sanchez as Pepe, Sam Rohloff as Baby John, Ashley Talluto as a Jet Girl, Ashlynn Thomas as a swing, Matt Webster as Glad Hand, and Kristin Yancy as a Shark Girl.

The Star-Ledger is the media sponsor for West Side Story.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732.246.SHOW (7469), or visit us online at The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre. 

Photos by Carol Rosegg.