Well, They Began It: National Tour of West Side Story, With Ali Ewoldt and Kyle Harris, Launches in Detroit | Playbill

News Well, They Began It: National Tour of West Side Story, With Ali Ewoldt and Kyle Harris, Launches in Detroit
Ali Ewoldt is Maria opposite Kyle Harris as Tony in the national tour of the new Broadway production of West Side Story, starting Sept. 30 at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, a storied venue where many future hits played their tryout runs.

Kyle Harris and Ali Ewoldt in rehearsal
Kyle Harris and Ali Ewoldt in rehearsal Photo by Krissie Fullerton

The tour will officially open Oct. 6 at the Fisher; West Side Story's co-creator Jerome Robbins tested his Fiddler on the Roof at the Fisher in the early '60s prior to Broadway.

Harris was a recent understudy in Broadway's Sondheim on Sondheim. Ewoldt played Cosette in the recent Broadway revival of Les Miserables. The cast also includes Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christopher Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa (Broadway's most recent Into the Woods) as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O'Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Neil Haskell as Snowboy, along with Isaac Benelli, Lauren Boyd, Alicia Charles, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Dea Julien, Daniel Kermidas, Kristen Paulicelli, Christie Portera, Erika Santillana, Kevin Santos, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker.

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer.

West Side Story, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, is written by two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. It tells the story of rival gangs in New York City, and two star-crossed lovers who emerge.

West Side Story is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America.

Michelle Aravena and The Sharks rehearse
Michelle Aravena and The Sharks rehearse "Mambo!"

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