Harris, Ewoldt Lead WEST SIDE STORY At PPAC 4/26-5/1/2011

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The producers of WEST SIDE STORY are pleased to announce casting for the touring production of the current smash-hit revival now running on Broadway.

The cast will star Kyle Harris as Tony, Ali Ewoldt as Maria, Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff, and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christoper Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O'Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Cary Tedder as Snowboy, along with Lauren Boyd, Alicia Charles, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Dea Julien, Daniel Kermidas, Kristen Paulicelli, Christie Portera, Erika Santillana, Kevin Santos, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza, and Kirstin Tucker.

WEST SIDE STORY, an INSKIP LEXUS Touring Selection, performs at the Providence Performing Arts Center from April 26 to May 1, 2011. Performance dates and times are Tuesday, April 26 at 7P; Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 at 7:30P; Friday, April 29 at 8P; Saturday, April 30 at 2P & 8P; and Sunday, May 1 at 1P & 6:30P. Tickets are $70 to $43; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge.

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

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), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair), and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention).

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 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 are on sale now at the PPAC Box Office, located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence, online at www.ppacri.org or by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787). Regular Box Office Hours resume Tuesday, September 7; they are Monday through Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P and through curtain time(s) on show days.

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