Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen, have cast 23 actors making their Broadway debuts Ivo van Hove’s upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story.
Jerome Robbins choreography will be replaced with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s all-new choreography.
The cast will include Shereen Pimentel (y a third year undergraduate at the Juilliard School) as Maria, Isaac Powell ( Daniel in the 2017 Broadway revival of Once on This Island) as Tony, Yesenia Ayala (roadway’s Carousel and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Anita, Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Ben Cook as Riff, Ahmad Simmons as Diesel, Danny Wolohan as Officer Krupke, Jacob Guzman as Chino, Kevin Csolak as A-Rab, Matthew Johnson (debut) as Baby John, Dharon E. Jones (debut) as Action, Zuri Noelle Ford (debut) as Anybodys, Daniel Oreskes as Doc, Pippa Pearthree as Glad Hand and Thomas Jay Ryan as Lt. Schrank.
The ensemble will include Alexa De Barr (debut), Daniel Ching (debut), Gabi Campo, Gino Cosculluela (debut), Marc Crousillat (debut), Stephanie Crousillat (debut), Roman Cruz (debut), Tyler Eisenreich (debut), Armando Eleazar (debut), Marlon Feliz (debut), Satori Folkes-Stone (debut), Constance François (debut), Carlos Gonzalez, Jennifer Gruener (debut), Jarred Manista (debut), Michaela Marfori (debut), Michelle Mercedes (debut), Michael Seltzer (debut), Corey John Snide, Sheldon True (debut), Ricky Ubeda, Madison Vomastek (debut), Tony Ward, Bridget Whitman (debut), and Kevin Zambrano (debut).
The production will feature scenery and lighting design by van Hove’s longtime collaborator Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An d’Huys, sound design by Tom Gibbons, video design by Luke Halls, and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Alexander Gemignani will serve as music supervisor / musical director.
Ivo van Hove stated “I want to make a West Side Story for the 21st century,” And it’s not to be critical about the choreography that was there, on the contrary, but I think perhaps it can have now, so many years later, another take on it.”
West Side Story begins performances on December 10 at the Broadway Theatre, with opening night set for February 6, 2020.