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Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony

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) on Thursday, March 19, 2009. 

Jennifer Cody was the Gypsy Robe recipient for Shrek, the Broadway dynamo passed the robe on to Guys and Dolls ensemble member Lorin Latarro and in a fun and emotion filled ceremony Latarro turned the robe over to West Side Story's Manuel Herrera! BroadwayWorld.com was there to share in the excitement.

The colorful Gypsy Robe, embellished with mementos from Broadway musicals, is presented to the cast member who has the most Broadway chorus credits.

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 Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Jennifer Cody (Gypsy Robe Winner-SHREK) & Adrian Bailey

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Jennifer Cody and Adrian Bailey

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Adrian Bailey (Gypsy Robe Winner-THE LITTLE MERMAID)

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Adrian Bailey

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Matt Cavenaugh and Jennifer Cody

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Matt Cavenaugh and Jennifer Cody

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Curtis Holbrook

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Curtis Holbrook

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Curtis Holbrook

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Joey McKneely

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Joey McKneely

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West Side Story Cast Members Making their Broadway Debut

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The cast of West Side Story!

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West Side Story cheers on Manuel Herrera

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
The cast of West Side Story

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
The cast of West Side Story

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Karen Olivo and Jennifer Cody

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Jennifer Cody

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Lorin Latarro (Gypsy Robe Winner - GUYS and DOLLS)

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Manuel Herrera wins the Gypsy Robe for West Side Story

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Manuel Herrera

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Manuel Herrera

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Steve Bassett

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Karen Olivo

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Manuel Herrera hugs Lorin Latarro

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Manuel Herrera

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Manuel Herrera

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Arthur Laurents

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Manuel Herrera lets loose!

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Manuel Herrera

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Manuel Herrera shows off his Gypsy Robe!

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Jennifer Cody, Karen Olivo and the West Side Story cast

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Manuel Herrera wear the Gypsy Robe with pride!

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Manuel Herrera and the West Side Story cast

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Manuel Herrera

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Kevin McCollum, Cody Green and the West Side Story cast

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Jeffrey Seller, Cody Green and the West Side Story cast

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Jeffrey Seller, Cody Green and the West Side Story cast

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony

Jeffrey Seller, Cody Green and the West Side Story cast

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Jeffrey Seller

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Steve Bassett and Manuel Herrera

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Steve Bassett and Manuel Herrera

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Manuel Herrera with cast members featuring Isaac Calpito, Matt Cavenaugh, Joey Haro, Karen Olivo, George Akram, Josefina Scaglione

Photo Coverage: WEST SIDE STORY Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Manuel Herrera with cast members featuring Isaac Calpito, Matt Cavenaugh, Joey Haro, Karen Olivo, George Akram, Josefina Scaglione

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John P. Connolly, Manuel Herrera and Mark Zimmerman

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John P. Connolly, Manuel Herrera and Mark Zimmerman

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Manuel Herrera and Curtis Holbrook

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Manuel Herrera and Curtis Holbrook

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Matt Cavenaugh and Manuel Herrera

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Matt Cavenaugh and Manuel Herrera

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Matt Cavenaugh and Manuel Herrera

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Arthur Laurents

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Arthur Laurents

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Manuel Herrera and Arthur Laurents

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Manuel Herrera and Arthur Laurents

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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.