Tony Nominee Josefina Scaglione Exits Broadway's West Side Story Sept. 19

News   Tony Nominee Josefina Scaglione Exits Broadway's West Side Story Sept. 19
Tony Award nominee Josefina Scaglione, who originated the role of Maria in the 2009 revival of West Side Story, plays her final performance in the classic musical Sept. 19 at the Palace Theatre.

Josefina Scaglione
Josefina Scaglione Photo by Joan Marcus

At the age of 21, Argentinean actress Scaglione created the role of Maria in the current revival of West Side Story, which debuted at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, in December 2008 prior to its Broadway return in February 2009. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance.

Beginning Sept. 21, newcomer Sarah Amengual will step into the role of Maria. Amengual is a recent graduate of the University of Miami and has appeared regionally in Les Miserables, Parade, Ruthless and Rent.

As previously reported, producers of the Tony Award-nominated revival announced that the production will close Jan. 2, 2011, having played 27 preview and 748 regular performances. A national touring production will launch in Detroit Sept. 30.

Under the direction of original librettist Arthur Laurents, West Side Story features Matthew Hydzik as Tony, Natalie Cortez as Anita, John Arthur Green as Riff and George Akram as Bernardo.

The cast also includes Jeremy Jordan, Steve Bassett, Kyle Brenn, Mike Cannon, Kyle Coffman, Sara Dobbs, Wes Hart, Michael Kleeman, Ron Piretti, Colt Prattes, Manuel Santos, Lee Sellars, Ryan Steele, Greg Vinkler, Mikey Winslow, Mark Zimmerman, Deanna Aguinaga, Shawn Burgess, Isaac Calpito, Haley Carlucci, Jace Coronado, Kristine Covillo, Desirée Davar, Stephen Diaz, Lindsay Dunn, Michael D. Jablonski, Marina Lazzaretto, Renée Marino, Matthew Marks, Mileyka Mateo, Skye Mattox, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Angelina Mullins, Kat Nejat, Patrick Ortiz, Pamela Otterson, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler, Sam Rogers, Brendon Stimson, Tanairi Sade Vazquez and Michael Williams. The current revival of West Side Story opened at the Palace Theatre March 19, 2009. 

West Side Story has music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Laurents. The staging retains the original choreography of late director Jerome Robbins, which has been restaged by Joey McKneely.

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