Cast Announced for West Side Story Tour; Ali Ewoldt and Kyle Harris Are Star-Crossed

News   Cast Announced for West Side Story Tour; Ali Ewoldt and Kyle Harris Are Star-Crossed
 
Ali Ewoldt will play Maria opposite Kyle Harris as Tony in the national tour of the new Broadway production of West Side Story, producers announced Aug. 23.

Kyle Harris
Kyle Harris

The tour will begin Sept. 30 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Harris was a recent understudy in Broadway's Sondheim on Sondheim. Ewoldt played Cosette in the recent Broadway revival of Les Miserables.

The cast will also include Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christoper Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa (Broadway's most recent Into the Woods) as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O'Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Cary Tedder as Snowboy, along with Lauren Boyd, Alicia Charles, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Dea Julien, Daniel Kermidas, Kristen Paulicelli, Christie Portera, Erika Santillana, Kevin Santos, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker.

Ali Ewoldt
photo by Isaac Lane Koval

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer and sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier.

West Side Story, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, is written by two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. It tells the story of rival gangs in New York City, and two star-crossed lovers who emerge.

West Side Story is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America.

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