DETAILS

Approximate Running Time: 2hrs and 30 minutes with one intermission
Recommended Age: 12 and Up

The Iconic American Musical
One musical changed theater forever and it will be making its triumphant Rep debut in a rare professional production.

Two rival gangs struggle for control of their New York City neighborhood. When Tony falls for Maria, the star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between their worlds. This passionate adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is filled with some of the most unforgettable songs including “Maria,” “Tonight,”“I Feel Pretty” and “America” telling the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical. Add dances that smolder and sizzle with energy and you have an experience you’ll never forget!

“Breathtaking and brimming with passion.”Chicago Tribune

Performance includes haze, live flame on stage, gunshot sound, violence depicted, prejudiced language depicted, smoking depicted.

 
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ARTISTS


Isabella Abel-Suarez
Consuela


Courtney Arango*
Anita


Isabel Bastardo
Ensemble


Jacob Burns*
Riff


Dan Castiglione
Swing


Mara Cecilia*
Rosalia


Liesl Collazo*
Maria


Rebecca Corrigan*
Graziella


Mark Cruz*
Pepe/Maria's Father


Gina dePool
Francisca


Hope Endrenyi*
Anybodys


Terynn Erby-Walker
Ensemble


Alex Hatcher
Baby John


Kellie Hoagland*
Velma


Carlos Jimenez
Chino


Brooke Johnson
Estella/Maria’s Mother


Sydney Kirkegaard
Minnie


Jeffrey Kringer*
Tony


Jose-Luis Lopez, Jr.*
Bernardo


Brianna Mercado*
Teresita


Alex Hayden Miller*
Action


AJ Morales
Nibbles


Reese Parish
Margarita


Nick Parrott
Snowboy


Georgina Pink
Clarice

James Pickering
James Pickering
Doc


Joshua Ponce
Luis


Devin Richey
A-rab


Clay Roberts*
Diesel


Gilberto Saenz
Indio


Bill Watson*
Officer Krupke


Jonathan Wainwright*
Schrank/Glad Hand


Austin Winter
Anxious

 

Mark Clements
Mark Clements
Director


Jon Rua
Choreographer


Dan Kazemi±
Music Director/Conductor

 

Todd Edward Ivins±
Scenic Designer

Alexander B. Tecoma±
Costume Designer

Yael Lubetzky
Lighting Designer

Megan Henninger
Co-Sound Designer

Daniel Erdberg
Co-Sound Designer

John Tanner±
Musical Supervisor

Chuck Coyl
Fight Choreographer

Micha Espinosa
Voice & Text Director

Frank Honts
Casting Director

Dale Brown Casting
NY Casting

Paula Foley Tillen
Rehearsal Accompanist

Kurt Cowling
Music Technology Assistant

Brianna Mercado*
Associate Choreographer

Tara Kelly*
Stage Manager

Kimberly Carolus*
Assistant Stage Manager

Abbi Hess
Stage Management Resident

Krista Kanderski
Stage Management Resident

Emily Wright
Production Assistant

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
± Milwaukee Repertory Theater Associate Artists.

 

EVENTS

PRE
SHOW

Rep-in-Depth
A pre-show conversation with an Artistic Team member. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.
Sponsored by:

 

TUE
SEP 3
6-7PM

Dance Workshops at Mitchell Street Library
Introductory dance workshops that will guide participants through the basic elements of the dances that inspired the Milwaukee Rep’s rendition of West Side Story. The first session will be focused on Salsa while the second on Hip-Hop. Come move your body to the beats of West Side Story with some of the top dance professionals of the area. Dan Skyler – Dance Instructor for Salsa Workshop. Registration for the workshop will be open until the day of with a capacity of 30 people. Register Here

 

MON
SEP 9
6-7PM

Dance Workshops at Mitchell Street Library
Introductory dance workshops that will guide participants through the basic elements of the dances that inspired the Milwaukee Rep’s rendition of West Side Story. The first session will be focused on Salsa while the second on Hip-Hop. Come move your body to the beats of West Side Story with some of the top dance professionals of the area. Registration for the workshop will be open until the day of with a capacity of 30 people. Register Here

 

SAT
SEP 21
1:30-5PM

The Young Lords & Belonging ¡Palante!
The Iconic American Musical West Side Story tells a tale of romance, passion and rival gangs struggling for control of their neighborhood—a story not exclusive to the stage. Join us as we discuss and examine gangs in Milwaukee, belonging and The National Young Lords, a national grassroots movement for self-determination for the Puerto Rican and Latinx communities within the Barrios of the United States, in conjunction with Woodland Pattern’s series Unwriting Borders: Latinx Voices in the US. And to celebrate a rich culture of food, music and arts with a performance by poet Urayoán Noel. This is a family-friendly event and kid’s activities will be held all day long!
1:30pm: Woodland Pattern mural introduction with artist Erick Ledesma of Cosecha Creative Space
2pm: Panel discussion on Puerto Rican Identity: The Young Lords & Belonging with Tony Báez and others. Panel will be live-sketched by artist Tania Espinoza.
3pm: Food by Sofrito’s Vega and entertainment with Plena Music
4pm: Performance by poet Urayoán Noel, author of Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico

 

THU
OCT 17
6:30-7:15PM

Puerto Rican Identity: The Women From The Diaspora
The characters of Maria and Anita only begin to offer insight into the realities faced by Puerto Rican woman living in the diaspora. As we aim to create relevance of our stories in our communities, join us for a pre-show conversation, with local Boricua’s, where we dig deeper into the complexities, realities and intersectionality’s of being a Puerto Rican Woman. Panelists include: Dr. Betzaida Gomez, Keila Tirado-Leist, and Coralis el Mar Arroyo.

 

TUE
SEP 24
6:30PM

Audio-Described Performance
Patrons of this performance may receive an earpiece, providing live description of the action on stage. Check in at the Concierge Desk pre-show to pick up your earpiece.

 

FRI
SEP 27

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

THU
OCT 3
7:30PM

ASL Interpreted Performance
This performance interpreted in American Sign Language. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

 

FRI
OCT 4

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

WED
OCT 9
11:45am

Lunch Matinee for West Side Story
Before you attend the show join us from 11:45am to 1:15pm for lunch at the newly-opened Saint Kate Hotel in the Simone Ballroom. Lunch includes a presentation by a member of the artistic team for the show. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch and the presentation – it does not include theater tickets. RSVP by Monday, September 30, to Jaime Lacy at 414-290-7076 or jlacy@milwaukeerep.com

 

SUN
OCT 13
2PM

Captioned Theater Performance
This performance features a screen to the side of the stage that displays the actors' lines as they are spoken. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

 

FRI
OCT 18

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

FRI
OCT 25

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 
 

FEATURES & PRESS

Features


Meet the Broadway Veteran Who's Bringing Dance-Fighting to a Milwaukee Stage this Fall
– Milwaukee Magazine

VIDEO: 'West Side Story' returns to Milwaukee Repertory Theater
– Today's TMJ4

Milwaukee Repertory Theater's West Side Story Spotlights Puerto Rican Culture
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

VIDEO: Superstitions don't matter when you have a choreographer this good
– Today's TMJ4

Obra de Teatro 'West Side Story' traerá coreografía original a Milwaukee
– Telemundo

Liesl Collazo on Orgullo Latino Radio Show, Sept. 1
– WMSE


Press


MEDIA RELEASE: WEST SIDE STORY BECOMES BEST-SELLING MUSICAL IN MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER HISTORY


MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER PRESENTS THE ICONIC AMERICAN MUSICAL WEST SIDE STORY SEPTEMBER 17 - OCTOBER 27, 2019 WITH CHOREOGRAPHY BY HAMILTON AND IN THE HEIGHTS ORIGINAL CAST MEMBER JON RUA


MEDIA RELEASE: FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER'S ICONIC AMERICAN MUSICAL WEST SIDE STORY • INCLUDING MILWAUKEE FAVORITES JAMES PICKERING, JONATHAN WAINWRIGHT AND BILL WATSON


MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER • ICONIC AMERICAN MUSICAL WEST SIDE STORY ON SALE EVENT BROKE BOX OFFICE RECORDS WITH NEARLY $300,000 IN SALES


MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ONE DAY SALE - MONDAY, JUNE 24 FOR THE ICONIC AMERICAN MUSICAL WEST SIDE STORY


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REVIEWS


"This review may be the shortest I've ever written. That's because you may get bored of hearing additional adjectives for spectacular, extraordinary, sensational and brilliant."
– OnMilwaukee


"Even if you've seen 'West Side Story' many times, The Rep is giving everybody countless reasons to see it once more."
– Broadway World


"The Rep's new take is a must-see...dazzling movement and fantastic period clothing!"
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"A breathtaking revival...dynamic, dazzling, and perfectly staged!"
– Chicago Splash Magazine


"Must-see theater…talented young cast, dramatic acting, athletic dancing and fine singing!"
– Shepherd Express


"Clements has re-established that this musical belongs most mightily on the live stage."
– Urban Milwaukee


"Spectacular…this production has power and beauty hardly ever seen on any stage anywhere!"
– Dave Begel on Theater


 

Presented by
The Plunkett Family Foundation

West Side Story
September 17 - October 27, 2019
Quadracci Powerhouse
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Mark Clements

Sponsored by

Executive Producers
Jo Ann & Richard Beightol
Four-Four Foundation, Inc.
Gina & Eric Peter

Associate Producer
Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation

Additional Support Provided by
City of Milwaukee Arts Board