“West Side Story” has found its Maria.
That is, if you believe everything you read in the Argentine press.
A local-girl-makes-good story in Tuesday’s edition of Argentine broadsheet La Nacion centers on 21-year-old Josefina Scaglione, who has, according to the paper, been cast as Maria in the upcoming Broadway revival of “West Side Story.”
Stateside reps for the production would not confirm.
However, the casting wouldn’t be a complete surprise. The production’s creatives, led by director and book writer Arthur Laurents, have said already they hope to include a fair number of unknowns in the cast.
Books and lyrics of the revival, bowing in DC in December before a February berth in Gotham, will be revised to incorporate Spanish.
None of the show’s casting has been announced, although Matt Cavenaugh (“A Catered Affair”) has been tipped to play Tony.
Scaglione may be a Rialto newcomer, but according to the article, she’s not new to the stage. She’s currently playing the mean-girl role in a South American production of “Hairspray.”
If the news proves correct, Scaglione wouldn’t be the first Argentine actress to find stardom on the English-speaking stage. Elena Roger was plucked from the country to play Eva Peron in the West End revival of “Evita” in 2006. She currently plays the title role in a London production of “Piaf.”