PHOTO CALL: West Side Story, with von Essen and Ewoldt, at Pittsburgh CLO

News   PHOTO CALL: West Side Story, with von Essen and Ewoldt, at Pittsburgh CLO
With a Broadway revival looming on the horizon, two familiar New York faces are currently appearing as Tony and Maria in the staging of West Side Story that began performances Aug. 5 at Pittsburgh CLO.
Max von Essen as Tony
Max von Essen as Tony Photo by Matt Polk

Playing this pair of star-crossed lovers are Max von Essen and Ali Ewoldt, both of whom were seen in the recent Broadway revival of Les Misérables at the Broadhurst. Ewoldt potrayed Cosette in the original revival company, with von Essen taking over the role of Enjolras partway through the run. Also featured are Manoly Farrell as Anita, Wilson Mendieta as Bernardo, Spencer Howard as Riff, Jeff Davis as Diesel, Darren Biggart as A-Rab, Ward Billeisen as Snowboy, Andrew Cao as Chino, Allison Nock as Anybodys, Cary Tedder as Action, Mikey Winslow as Baby John, Amos Wolff as Big Deal, Gene A. Saraceni as Doc, Tim Brady as Lt. Schrank, Gary Kline as Gladhand and Paul Palmer as Officer Krupke.

The ensemble comprises Zachary Berger, Callan Bergmann, Ashley Blanche, Kyle Brown, Kaitlyn Davidson, Yurel Echezarreta, Steffi Garrard, Tracy Groth, Freddie Kimmel, Scott Larsen, Stephanie Maloney, Gabrielle McClinton, Shina Ann Morris, Sydney Morton, Mary Michael Patterson, Justin Peebles, Robert James Priore, Mahri Relin, Lisa Rumbauskas, Ahmad Simmons and Kathryn Lin Terza.

Van Kaplan directs the production, with Mark Esposito re-creating Jerome Robbins' original choreography.

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Here is a look at the show, which plays Pittsburgh's Benedum Center through Aug. 17:

The Jets dance the Prologue
The Sharks dance the Prologue
The Sharks surround their prey
The Jets
Ali Ewoldt as Maria
Manoly Farrell as Anita (center) leads the Sharks' girls
Max von Essen as Tony and Ali Ewoldt as Maria
The Sharks
Cast members soar during "Somewhere"
Ali Ewoldt as Maria and Max von Essen as Tony

Photos courtesy of Matt Polk

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