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West Side Story at La Scala

West Side Story at La Scala

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"WEST SIDE STORY finally at La Scala!" wrote the Italian newspaper La Stampa. Last July the historic Teatro alla Scala Opera House presented eighteen sold-out performances of WEST SIDE STORY. This mostly American cast was directed by Joey McKneely. Donald Chan conducted, adding even more performances of WSS to the over one thousand he has already done. The Italians welcomed it as part of the standard repetoire. Here is what some of the critics had to say:

"WEST SIDE STORY astonishes La Scala."
-- Corriere Della Sera

"[WEST SIDE STORY] miracle in Milan."
-- La Repubblica

"[WEST SIDE STORY] lives again in its splendor."
-- Il Giorno

"The evening ended in triumph."
-- Avvenire

"WEST SIDE STORY a success in Milan, with an excellent company."
-- Famiglia Cristiana

LA SCALA CAST

THE JETS

Riff, The LeaderJim Ambler
Tony, His FriendDavid Miller
ActionClay Harper Jackson
A-RabJulian Brightman
Baby JohnMichael Longoria
SnowboyMark Myers
Big DealNathan Peck
DieselMatt Gasper
Gee-TarDaniel Letterle
TigerRaphael Barragan
GraziellaErin Hunter
VelmaLauren Wagner
MinnieJessica Hartman
ClariceLori Ann Ferreri
PaulineHeather Snyder
AnybodysAmy Brewer
DoloresLeah Blevins


THE SHARKS

Bernardo, The LeaderJuan Betancur
Maria, His SisterMontserrat Marti
Anita, His GirlChristina Marie Norrup
Chino, His FriendTony Rivera
PepeEric Sean Fogel
IndioDennis Lue
LuisDennis Johnston
AnxiousDarrell Moultrie
NibblesWilson Batista
MooseWendell Howlett
RosaliaIvette Sosa
ConsueloHanifa Jackson
TeresitaLisa Watson
FranciscaJennifer Ahia
EstellaMichelle Aravena
MargaritaVonnie Roemer


THE ADULTS

DocElek Hartman
Lt. SchrankJohn Juback
Officer KrupkeNewl Hemphill
Glad HandPeter Van Wagner
Somewhere Girl Isabel Bayrakdarian