Revival set for Broadway in February
The upcoming revival of “West Side Story” has nailed down its sked, with an out-of-town run at D.C.’s National Theater this winter preceding a Broadway run that begins in February.
Helmed by book writer Arthur Laurents — also the director of the current Rialto staging of “Gypsy,” for which he also wrote the book — the revival will, for the first time, incorporate Spanish into the tuner’s book and songs. Sizable production will have a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 30.
The choreography of Jerome Robbins, who helmed and choreographed the original 1957 production, will be re-created by Joey McKneely.
“West Side Story” had its world preem at the National in D.C. before the show went on to its original Broadway berth. Musical has had three Rialto revivals since, the last in 1980.
With tunes by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “West Side Story” takes “Romeo & Juliet” as the inspiration for its story about young lovers torn apart by ethnic gang rivalries in 1950s Gotham. The Oscar-winning 1961 pic adaptation starred Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno and Richard Beymer.
New incarnation of “West Side Story” is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander and Jeffrey Seller and will play a Nederlander theater to be determined. McCollum and Seller have partnered on “In the Heights,” “Rent,” “Avenue Q” and “[title of show],” among other shows.
“West Side Story” plays the National Dec. 16-Jan. 17. Revival begins its Gotham run Feb. 23 ahead of a March opening, with an exact date to be confirmed.