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West Side Story, the timeless masterpiece will be staged at Arts Centre Melbourne from 6 to 28 April 2019.
This musical of West Side Storyis a remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.
Set in New York City during the mid-1950s, West Side Story is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang.
Todd Jacobsson and Sophie Salvesani. Image supplied by Opera Australia.
The production will feature Todd Jacobsson as Tony, Sophie Salvesani as Maria, Noah Mullins as Riff, Chloe Zuel as Anita and Lyndon Watts as Bernardo, Ritchie Singer as Doc, Paul Dawber as Lt. Schrank, Dean Vince as Officer Krupke and Paul Hanlon as Glad Hand.
As 'The Jets' ensemble will include Joshua Taylor, Nicholas Collins, Christian Ambesi, Nathan Pavey, Blake Tuke, Sebastien Golenko, Molly Bugeja, Joseph Donovan with Natasha O'Hehir, Angelica Di Clemente, Taylah Small and Sarah Dimas.
Completing the cast as 'The Sharks' will be Anthony Garcia, Keanu Gonzalez, Daniel Assetta, Matt Antonucci, Jason Yang-Westland, Brady Kitchingham, Daniel Wijngaarden with Zoe Ioannou, Olivia Carniato, Nikki Croker, Amba Fewster and Ariana Mazzeo.