West Side Story

Teatro Regio, Tuesday 6 December 2016 - Sunday 11 December 2016

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Press release

Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece for the first time at the Regio
Italian dates only of the most famous musicals of Broadway

Teatro Regio, Tuesday 6th Decemebr 2016, at 20:00

Tuesday, 6th December at 20:00, the Teatro Regio and BB Promotion GmbH, in collaboration with Sundance Production, Inc. NY presenting a new production by Michael Brenner: West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with the musical that has revolutionized the history of music. The setting is the only one using the original choreography by Robbins. The Regio will be the only Italian theatre to be part of this European tour. The Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, directed by Donald Chan, will give life to the frantic and captivating rhythms of Bernstein’s score; the large cast of the musical includes artists of the highest level among which Kevin Hack (Tony), Jenna Burns (Maria), Keely Beirne (Anita), Beau Hutchings (Riff) and Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva (Bernardo). The production is supported by Leonardo, Presenting Partner of the title. West Side Story will be on from 6th to 11th December, with a double bill on 7th, 9th and 10th (at 14.30 and 20:00).
Donald Chan - a conductor, pianist and composer - regularly directs musicals on Broadway and in opera houses in Cleveland, Seattle and St. Louis. He has composed for various ensembles, also taking care of the theatre by writing incidental music from Ibsen and Brecht’s plays. He is now recognized as the best performer of the masterpiece written by Bernstein - with whom he studied - taking the score to theatres around the world, including La Scala, in 2000.
Tony is played by Kevin Hack, a dancer and talented singer. Thanks to his performances, he has been nicknamed “Best Lead Actor” becoming one of the greatest musical performers in Next to Normal or The Civil War. Jenna Burns is Maria, a role she has played countless times in major theatres. Among her future plans she will address the roles in titles such as: Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Legally Blonde the Musical. Kelly Beirne plays the role of Anita, a role she has played in numerous international tours. Her forthcoming engagements include: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pittsburgh CLO and Hairspray at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Beau Hutchings, the interpreter of Riff, is a complete and refined artist who took part in the version of Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz as well as other important productions such as Cats and Chicago. Among his television work is Late Night with Seth Myers for NBC and 7 Deadly Sins for Showtime. Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva is Bernard, a role he has covered in this production from the very beginning. His extensive repertoire includes Billy Elliot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Zorba; his amazing vocal talents, have allowed him to also develop a parallel career in the opera world with roles at the MET in New York and the Opera of Huston. He has also worked on the TV series Law & Order. Rounding out the cast: Dennis Holland (Doc), Michael Scott (Lt. Shrank), Kenn Christopher (Officer Krupke), Eric Rolland (Glad Hand, Jets, Resident Director), Joe Bigelow (Action), Ryan P. Cyr (A- Rab), Daniel Russell (Baby John), Logan Scott Mitchell (Snow Boy), Andy Frank (Big Deal), Kyle Weiler (Diesel), Lauren Guerra (Graziella), Jill Gittleman (Velma), Carely Ingold (Minnie), Concetta Morabito (Clarice), Natalia Sanchez (Anybody’s), Julio Catano-Yee (Chino), Cameron Mitchell Jackson (Pepe), Georgios Maniadis Metaxas (Luis), Nahum Mclean (Anxious), Matthew Ranaudo (Nibbles), AJ Lockhart (Moose), Natalie Ballenger (Rosalia), Kelsey Elizabeth Holley (Consuelo), Lauren Soto (Teresita), Kayla Moniz (Francisca), Nikki Croker (Margarita), Jeff Sullivan (Swing). For this production the direction and original choreographies are taken from Joey McKneely, the scenes are by Paul Gallis, costumes by Renate Schmitzer, Hannelore Uhrmacher makeup, sound designer: Rick Clarke, and lighting designer: Peter Halbsgut. A love story but also an action thriller, West Side Story is an unfortunate love story between two young people, Tony and Maria, whose happiness is destroyed by hatred between the two rival groups to which they belong: the Jets and Sharks. The story is set in the jungle city of New York in the fifties. The musical underwent further success in its version for the big screen: the eponymous film won 10 Oscars, three Golden Globes and the Grammy Award for the soundtrack. Adaptation of the famous Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Bernstein joins overwhelming rhythms of mambo and samba with charming melodies that have remained in the collective memory such as Maria, Tonight, America and Somewhere. Leonard Bernstein, a great conductor and composer, was able to find in this work the right combination of popular language and cultured style, creating a masterpiece that transcends genres and generations.
The musical will be presented to the public on Wednesday, 30th November at 17:30, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini with a lecture entitled: West Side Story. Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, edited by Gastón Fournier-Facio, Artistic Director of the Regio. Admission is free. Tickets for all performances of West Side Story are on sale at the Box Office of the Teatro Regio (Piazza Castello 215 - Tel. 011.8815.241 / 242), on line on www.teatroregio.torino.it at Infopiemonte-TorinoCultura, the Ticket outlets Vivaticket and the Teatro Stabile, and by phone with a credit card calling: 011.8815.270. For more information, please call: 011.8815.557.

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