Our 5th Annual Spring Musical Production, West Side Story, will take place for 4 performances only, June 2 – 4! Tickets are on sale now at MayoArts.org.
“We see so much youth talent at MPAC and they are definitely ready to take on the challenge of West Side Story,” said Cathy Roy, MPAC’s Education Director. “We’ve put together an amazing cast and are giving these young performers a true professional experience they will never forget. Although West Side Story originally premiered in 1957, its theme still resonates today. We are hoping by telling this powerful story that we can remind our audiences about the hope and power of love in a time of divide and tension in our society.”
The diverse cast features over 50 young performers from throughout New Jersey and New York City. The show features Equity guest artists Scott McCreary and Lauren Csete as Tony and Anita, respectively. Rounding out the lead casts are Alessandra Le Pera (Maria) from Florham Park, Jeff Lawless (Riff) from Staten Island, Michael DiGangi (Bernardo) from Cedar Grove, Christian Harvey (Action) from Randolph and Rachel Levy (Rosalia) from Montville.
The show is directed by Cathy Roy. Musical Director is Charles Santoro. The original Jerome Robbins choreography has been adapted by Jayme Wappel.
The story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to the turbulent streets of New York City in the 1950s as star-crossed lovers are caught between rival street gangs. West Side Story originally opened on Broadway in 1957. The original musical featured music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins.