The production will be directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely, who reproduced the original Jerome Robbins choreography for the current revival of West Side Story at the Palace Theatre. McKneely is a two-time Tony nominee for his choreography for Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Life. Ewoldt joins the previously announced Michael Jablonski (Cry-Baby), who will play Riff. No other casting for the upcoming European/international tour has been announced.
Rehearsals for the West Side Story tour will begin in Germany May 4 with an official opening in Lyon, France, in June. The tour is currently scheduled to play stops in Spain, Japan, Israel, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.
West Side Story has music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. Jerome Robbins choreographed and directed the original production.
The current New York revival, which officially opened March 19 at the Palace, boasts direction by Tony winner Laurents. (The European/international tour is not affiliated with the current Broadway production.)
Ewoldt's regional credits include productions of West Side Story, Disney's Aladdin, The Fantasticks, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast and Phantom.