Matt Cavenaugh and Argentine newcomer Josefina Scaglione will play star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria in the upcoming Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” toplining a cast that also includes Karen Olivo, Cody Green and George Akram.
Olivo (“In the Heights”) portrays Anita, the role played by Rita Moreno in the 1961 pic version of the 1957 tuner. Green, the “Movin’ Out” alum who was the winning contestant of Bravo reality skein “Step It Up and Dance,” plays Riff, the leader of the Jets gang, while Venezuelan thesp Akram takes on Bernardo, topper of the rival Sharks.
Rumors of Cavenaugh’s casting had already circulated among legiters, and a story in a South American newspaper revealed last month that Scaglione, who has appeared in Argentine productions of “Hairspray” and “Cinderella,” had scored her part.
Cast of 37 is helmed by Arthur Laurents (“Gypsy”), who penned the book. Revival is the first to incorporate Spanish in Laurents’ script and in the score by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Design team includes James Youmans (sets), David C. Woolard (costumes), Howell Binkley (lights) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound). Joey McKneely will reproduce the original Jerome Robbins choreography.
Revival bows at the National Theater in D.C. in an engagement that runs Dec. 15-Jan. 17. After that the production moves into Broadway’s Palace Theater, where it begins previews Feb. 23 ahead of a March 19 opening.
Producing team is headed by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander and Jeffrey Seller.