Natascia Diaz Dances Up a Storm in Rehearsal Pics From Signature Theatre's New West Side Story | Playbill

News Natascia Diaz Dances Up a Storm in Rehearsal Pics From Signature Theatre's New West Side Story Signature Theatre production of West Side Story directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature’s Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret) will run through Jan. 24 at the MAX Theatre. We take you inside rehearsal.

The production stars MaryJoanna Grisso (West Side Story, US National Tour) as Maria, Austin Colby (Signature’s Simply Sondheim, Sound of Music, US National Tour) as Tony, Sean Ewing (Broadway’s West Side Story, Amazing Grace) as Bernardo and Max Clayton (Broadway’s On the Town, Gigi) as Riff. Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz (Signature’s The Threepenny Opera, St. Louis MUNY’s West Side Story) returns to the role of Anita. Diaz was previously heralded as “a worthy successor to Chita Rivera” by the Los Angeles Times.

Grisso, Colby, Diaz, Ewing and Clayton are joined in the cast by Jasmine Alexis (Teresita; The Kennedy Center’s OMAN O’man), Jacob Beasley (Gee-Tar), Kurt Boehm (Diesel; Signature’s Cabaret), Jennifer Cordiner (Graziella; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, US National Tour), Ryan Fitzgerald (Action; West Side Story, International Tour), Michael Graceffa (Indio; Catch Me if You Can, US National Tour), Colleen Hayes (Minnie; Signature’s Diner), Jamie Howes (Pauline; NBC’s "Smash"), Ryan Kanfer (A-Rab; Forestburgh Playhouse’s Legally Blonde), Katie Mariko Murray (Rosalia; Signature’s Miss Saigon), Ilda Mason (Francisca; Connelly Theatre’s Wedding Singer), Tony Niedenbach (Big Deal; Anything Goes, US National Tour), Zachary Norton (Anxious; Cats, US National Tour), DJ Petrosino (Chino; Merry Go Round Playhouse’s Saturday Night Fever), Olivia Ashley Reed (Consuela; Mamma Mia!, US National Tour), Eric Rivas (Luis; New Bedford’s A Chorus Line) Maria Rizzo (Anybodys; Signature’s Gypsy), Ryan Sellers (Pepe; Signature’s The Threepenny Opera) Bobby Smith (Doc/Gladhand; Signature’s The Fix), Russell Sunday (Officer Krupke; Signature’s Elmer Gantry) Joseph Tudor (Baby John; Signature’s Cabaret), Shawna Walker (Velma; Ogunquit Playhouse’s Guys and Dolls), J. Morgan White (Snowboy; Olney Theatre Center’s Carousel) and John Leslie Wolfe (Lieutenant Schrank; Signature’s Diner).

The creative team includes Choreography by Parker Esse; Based on Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins; Musical Direction by Jon Kalbfleisch; Scenic Design by Misha Kachman; Costume Design by Frank Labovitz; Lighting Design by Jason Lyons; Sound Design by Lane Elms; Hair Design by Anne Nesmith; Fight Choreography by Casey Kaleba; Associate Choreographer Jessica Hartman; Assistant Choreographer Tony Niedenbach; Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein; and Assistant Stage Managers Allie Roy and Paul Luckenbaugh.

Two star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between two rival gangs in New York City’s Upper West Side in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Featuring an iconic score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim that includes “America,” “Maria,” “Somewhere,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight,” West Side Story will also mark the 25th production of a Stephen Sondheim musical in Signature Theatre’s history.

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