“West Side Story” returns to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre almost 20 years since the company won South Florida regional theatre’s Carbonell Award for “Best Production of a Musical.” The show will run Jan. 27 through Feb. 21.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins and featuring a book by Arthur Laurents, the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features beloved American musical theatre classics including “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”
“West Side Story” tells the tragic love story between lead characters Maria, portrayed by Sarah Amengual, and Tony, played by Tim Quartier, each from different neighborhoods and ethnicities in New York City.
The strength of their love cannot overcome the hatred between warring street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. Sarah Amengual is reprising her role as Maria from the recent Broadway revival production of “West Side Story,” and Tim Quartier is making his Actors’ Playhouse debut as Tony having after completing a run of “Les Misérables” at Orlando Shakespeare Theater & Little Theatre on the Square.
Riff, the leader of the Jets, is played by Theo Lencicki who is reprising his role of Riff from the National Tour of “West Side Story,” with other touring credits that include “A Chorus Line” and “Young Frankenstein.”
Marco Antonio Santiago joins the cast as Bernardo after performing “West Side Story” in London and on the international tour. Isabelle McCalla plays Anita, direct from the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota where she recently portrayed the same role in their run of “West Side Story.”
Directed by the award-winning David Arisco, the Sharks will be comprised of Jose Luaces, Christie Prades, Brian Varela, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Macia Mac George, Valentina Izarra, Hugo E. Moreno, Marilyn Caserta and Jimmy A. Arguello.
The Jets include Drew Arisco, Sarah Crane, Robbie Smith, Lindsay Bell, Karl Skyler Urban, Nikki Allred Boyd, Brian DiRito, Jacqueline Lopez, Brandon Matthew McCleskey and Emily Tarallo. West Side Story also features Ken Clement as Lt. Schrank/Gladhand, Michael Freshko as Officer Krupke, and George Schiavone as Doc.
The creative team for West Side Story includes Choreography by Ron Hutchins, Musical Direction by Eric Alsford, Scenic Design by Tim Bennet, Lighting Design by Eric Nelson, Sound Design by Shaun Mitchell, Costume Design by Ellis Tillman, and Properties Design by Jodi Dellaventura.
Preview performances will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. and play through Feb. 21.
Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from $37-$57 and may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Mainstage VIP Box Seats are available for $100 per ticket (limited to groups of four), and include private seating with the option of champagne bottle service.
Actors’ Playhouse is located at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 33134.