Casting is set for West Side Story revival

October 29, 2008 12:42:46 PM PDT
The roles of Tony and Maria, not to mention all the Sharks and Jets, have been cast for the upcoming Broadway revival of "West Side Story," opening March 19 at the Palace Theatre. Matt Cavenaugh and Josefina Scaglione will portray the star-crossed lovers in the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical set against the backdrop of New York City street gangs.

Cavenaugh was seen last season in New York as the groom in "A Catered Affair" and previously appeared in such Broadway musicals as "Grey Gardens" and "Urban Cowboy." Scaglione, a 21-year-old opera singer from Argentina, will be making her Broadway debut in "West Side Story."

Also in the cast of 37 are Karen Olivo as Anita, Cody Green as Riff and George Akram as Bernardo. Olivo was in last season's Tony Award-winning best musical, "In the Heights." Green was the big winner on the Bravo television series "Step It Up and Dance." And the Venezuela-born Akram has appeared in the Spanish stage hit "Visa Para Un Sueno."

Laurents, who wrote the book will direct the show, which is loosely based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Joey McKneely will restage Jerome Robbins' original choreography.

The musical will play an out-of-town engagement Dec. 15-Jan. 17 at Washington's National Theatre, which is where the original had its world premiere in 1957. It begins previews in New York Feb. 23.