Chicago Star Is Anita in NSMT's West Side Story; Complete Cast Announced

News   Chicago Star Is Anita in NSMT's West Side Story; Complete Cast Announced Roxane Carrasco, whose Broadway credits include the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago, will star as Anita in the North Shore Music Theatre's production of West Side Story.
Roxane Carrasco.
Roxane Carrasco.

Barry Ivan directs and choreographs the North Shore production, which will play the Massachusetts theatre Oct. 28-Nov. 3. A spokesperson for the theatre confirmed the rest of the principal casting of the Arthur Laurents-Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical: Elena Shaddow (Maria), Ryan Silverman (Tony), Enrique Acevedo (Bernardo), Jonathan Cazull (Chino), David Larsen (Riff), Timothy Quinlan (Action), Michael McGurk (Baby John), Jeff Lewis (Big Deal), DJ Chase (Arab), Tim McGarrigal (Snowboy), Kevin Steele (Diesel), Kathy Meyer (Anybody's), Greg Wood (Lt. Shrank), Bruce-Robert Serafin (Officer Krupke), David Coffee (Doc) and Keith Remon (Gladhand). The company, which is still in formation, also includes Wilson Mendietta, Jason Babinsky, Vincent Zamora, Oscar Campisi, Peter King-Yuen, Vonnie Roemer, Jessica Lee Patty, Jacqueline Minerva, Michelle Scarpa, Kathy Nejat, Brittany Marcin, Kimberly Wolff, Lauren Wagner, Pamela Otterson, Melinda Hall and Lori Barber.

The creative team for West Side Story comprises Jack Mehler (scenic designer), Dale Rieling (music director), Kirk Bookman (lighting designer), Jay Woods (costume designer) and Gerard Kelly (wig designer).

West Side Story debuted on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in Sept. 1957. It played 732 performances before closing June 27. 1959. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the original cast included Larry Kert as Tony, Carol Lawrence as Maria and Chita Rivera as Anita. The classic Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score boasts such tunes as "Tonight," "America," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

The North Shore Music Theatre is located on Dunham Road in Beverly, MA. Tickets are available by calling (978) 232-7200 or by going to the theatre's website, www.nsmt.org.