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Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!

West Side Story returned to Broadway in a new production directed by its two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents. West Side Story opened at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) last night, Thursday, March 19, 2009. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there to cover every exciting moment of Opening Night! Get set to party down with the cast at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City! To see even more starry first night fun click here!

The original Jerome Robbins choreography has been restaged by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

Two hours prior to each performance of West Side Story at the Palace Theatre, patrons will be invited to enter a lottery drawing for a limited number of $26.50 tickets to that day's performance. Names will be drawn at random 2 hours prior to curtain.

There will be a limit of two tickets per person and tickets may be purchased using cash only. The lottery seats will be in the first row of the orchestra section. Winners must be present with valid identification at the time of the drawing to purchase their tickets.

The cast of 46 stars Matt Cavenaugh (A Catered Affair, Grey Gardens) as "Tony," Karen Olivo (In the Heights) as "Anita," Cody Green (Movin' Out) as "Riff" and George Akram (The Farrelly's Stuck on You) as "Bernardo." The role of "Maria" is be played by Broadway newcomer Josefina Scaglione. The 21 year old actress comes directly, by special arrangement with Actors' Equity Association, from Buenos Aires after an exhaustive international search for the role. West Side Story also features Steve Bassett as "Lt. Schrank," Mike Cannon as "Snowboy," Kyle Coffman as "A-Rab," Joey Haro as "Chino," Eric Hatch as "Big Deal," Curtis Holbrook as "Action," Michael Mastro as "Glad Hand," Lee Sellars as "Krupke," Tro Shaw as "Anybodys," Ryan Steele as "Baby John" and Greg Vinkler as "Doc" along with Nicholas Barasch, Kyle Brenn, Joshua Buscher, Isaac Calpito, Haley Carlucci, Peter Chursin, Madeline Cintron, Lindsay Dunn, Yurel Echezarreta, John Arthur Greene, Manuel Herrera, Matthew Hydzik, Marina Lazzaretto, Chase Madigan, Yanira Marin, Mileyka Mateo, Kaitlin Mesh, Angelina Mullins, Kat Nejat, Christian Elán Ortiz, Pamela Otterson, Danielle Polanco, Sam Rogers, Michael Rosen, Amy Ryerson, Jennifer Sanchez, Manuel Santos, Michaeljon Slinger, Tanairi Sade Vazquez and Mark Zimmerman.

West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: 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. West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention, The Who's Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy, Jersey Boys), hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention) and sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair).

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.

Tickets for West Side Story at Broadway's Palace Theatre are currently on sale at www.tickemaster.com, by calling 212-307-4100 or visiting the Palace Theatre box office. The playing schedule is as follows: Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Beginning March 23 - Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $121.50 - 46.50.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Michele Esparza and Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Michele Esparza and Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Terry Allen Kramer

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Terry Allen Kramer

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Hal Luftig

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Tom Kitt with guest

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Tom Kitt

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Steve Bassett

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Steve Bassett

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Nicholas Barasch

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Nicholas Barasch

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Kyle Brenn

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Kyle Brenn

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Joshua Buscher

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Isaac Calpito

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Mike Cannon

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Haley Carlucci

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Haley Carlucci

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Kristine Covillo

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Yurel Echezarrera

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Kyle Coffman

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Kyle Coffman

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Kyle Coffman

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Peter Chursin

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Yanira Marin

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Chase Madigan

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Chase Madigan

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Manuel Herrera

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Manuel Herrera

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Manuel Herrera

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Manuel Herrera and Corinne Herrera

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Mike Cannon, Angelina Mullins, Kristine Covillo and Greg Vinkler

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Yanira Marin with her stylish sister

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
George Akram

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Joey Haro

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Eric Hatch

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Curtis Holbrook

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Patti Murin and Curtis Holbrook

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Curtis Holbrook

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Cody Green

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Cody Green

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Cody Green

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
George Akram, Karen Olivo, Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione and Cody Green

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
George Akram, Karen Olivo, Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione and Cody Green

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Josefina Scaglione and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Back on Broadway - Opening Night Party Pics!
Josefina Scaglione and Matt Cavenaugh

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.