Skylar Astin Will Be Tony in New York West Side Story in March | Playbill

News Skylar Astin Will Be Tony in New York West Side Story in March
Carnegie Hall announced initial casting for its upcoming production of the classic American musical West Side Story, which will be presented March 4-6, 2016, at the Knockdown Center, a restored 50,000-square-foot factory located Queens.

The cast will be headed by Spring Awakening and "Pitch Perfect" singing actor Skylar Astin as Tony, Bianca Marroquín (Chicago, In The Heights, The Pajama Game) as Anita and Morgan Hernandez, an 18-year-old currently studying at the Boston Conservatory, who will make her New York debut as Maria. Additional casting will be announced.

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Astin in "Pitch Perfect"

The production will be directed by Amanda Dehnert, and Marin Alsop, a protégé of Leonard Bernstein’s, will serve as musical director and conductor, with professional artists in lead roles and the participation of more than 200 high school students from around the city.

The production team will also include choreographers Julio Monge and Sean Cheesman, musical supervisor Leslie Stifelman, scenic designer Eugene Lee, costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Edward Pierce, sound designer Nevin Steinberg, technical director David Benken and casting by Stewart/Whitley.

Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the original production, West Side Story features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Tickets for West Side Story will go on sale later this fall.

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