West Side Story

September 17 — October 27, 2019
Quadracci Powerhouse

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

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


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!

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

"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
Artists
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Isabella Abel-Suarez
Consuela
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Courtney Arango*
Anita
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Isabel Bastardo
Ensemble
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Jacob Burns*
Riff
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Dan Castiglione
Swing
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Mara Cecilia*
Rosalia
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Liesl Collazo*
Maria
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Rebecca Corrigan*
Graziella
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Mark Cruz*
Pepe/Maria's Father
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Gina dePool
Francisca
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Hope Endrenyi*
Anybodys
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Terynn Erby-Walker
Ensemble
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Alex Hatcher
Baby John
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Kellie Hoagland*
Velma
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Carlos Jimenez
Chino
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Brooke Johnson
Estella/Maria’s Mother
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Sydney Kirkegaard
Minnie
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Jeffrey Kringer*
Tony
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Jose-Luis Lopez, Jr.*
Bernardo
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Brianna Mercado*
Teresita
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Alex Hayden Miller*
Action
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AJ Morales
Nibbles
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Reese Parish
Margarita
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Nick Parrott
Snowboy
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Georgina Pink
Clarice
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James Pickering*±
Doc
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Joshua Ponce
Luis
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Devin Richey
A-rab
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Clay Roberts*
Diesel
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Gilberto Saenz
Indio
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Bill Watson*
Officer Krupke
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Jonathan Wainwright*
Schrank/Glad Hand
Headshot photo of
Austin Winter
Anxious

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Mark Clements
Director
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Jon Rua
Choreographer
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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

* MEMBER OF ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, THE UNION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS IN THE UNITED STATES.
± MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ASSOCIATE ARTISTS.

Events
Rep-in-Depth
Pre Show

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

Rep-in-Depth
Dance Workshops at Mitchell Street Library
Tues. Sept. 3 from 6-7pm

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.

Dance Workshops at Mitchell Street Library
Dance Workshops at Mitchell Street Library
Mon. Sept. 6 from 6-7pm

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.

Dance Workshops at Mitchell Street Library
The Young Lords & Belonging ¡Palante!
Sat. Sept. 21 from 1:30-5pm

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

The Young Lords & Belonging ¡Palante!
TalkBack
Fri. Sept. 27

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

TalkBack
Puerto Rican Identity: The Women From The Diaspora
Thurs. Oct. 17 from 6:30-7:15pm

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.

Puerto Rican Identity: The Women From The Diaspora
Audio-Described Performance
Tues. Sept. 24 at 6:30pm

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.

Audio-Described Performance
ASL Interpreted Performance
Thurs. Oct. 3 at 7:30PM

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

ASL Interpreted Performance
TalkBack
Fri. Oct. 4

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

TalkBack
Lunch Matinee for West Side Story
Wed Oct. 9 at 11:45am

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

Lunch Matinee for West Side Story
Captioned Theater Performance
Sun. Oct. 13 at 2pm

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.

Captioned Theater Performance
TalkBack
Fri. Oct. 18

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

TalkBack
TalkBack
Fri. Oct. 25

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

TalkBack
Features
Meet the Broadway Veteran Who's Bringing Dance-Fighting to a Milwaukee Stage this Fall 
VIDEO: 'West Side Story' returns to Milwaukee Repertory Theater 
Milwaukee Repertory Theater's West Side Story Spotlights Puerto Rican Culture 
VIDEO: Superstitions don't matter when you have a choreographer this good 
Obra de Teatro 'West Side Story' traerá coreografía original a Milwaukee 
Liesl Collazo on Orgullo Latino Radio Show, Sept. 1 
MEDIA RELEASE: WEST SIDE STORY BECOMES BEST-SELLING MUSICAL IN MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER HISTORY
Milwaukee Rep Media

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
Milwaukee Rep Media
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
Milwaukee Rep Media
MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER • ICONIC AMERICAN MUSICAL WEST SIDE STORY ON SALE EVENT BROKE BOX OFFICE RECORDS WITH NEARLY $300,000 IN SALES
Milwaukee Rep Media
MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ONE DAY SALE - MONDAY, JUNE 24 FOR THE ICONIC AMERICAN MUSICAL WEST SIDE STORY
Milwaukee Rep Media
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." 
"Even if you've seen 'West Side Story' many times, The Rep is giving everybody countless reasons to see it once more." 
"The Rep's new take is a must-see...dazzling movement and fantastic period clothing!" 
"A breathtaking revival...dynamic, dazzling, and perfectly staged!" 
"Must-see theater…talented young cast, dramatic acting, athletic dancing and fine singing!" 
"Clements has re-established that this musical belongs most mightily on the live stage." 
"Spectacular…this production has power and beauty hardly ever seen on any stage anywhere!" 
Photos
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Left to right: Nick Parrott, Clay Roberts, Alex Hatcher, Jacob Burns, Alex Hayden Miller, Devin Richey, Gilberto Saenz, Carlos Jimenez, Austin Winter, Mark Cruz, Jose-Luis Lopez, Jr., Joshua Ponce and AJ Morales. Photo by Michael Brosilow. View Larger
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Left to right: Isabella Abel-Suarez, Liesl Collazo, Mara Cecilia and Brooke Johnson. Photo by Michael Brosilow
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Left to right: Alex Hatcher, Clay Roberts, Jacob Burns, Devin Richey, Alex Hayden Miller and Nick Parrott. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Pictured: The company of West Side Story. Photo by Michael Brosilow
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Left to right: Jeffrey Kringer and Liesl Collazo with the company of West Side Story. Photo by Michael Brosilow
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Left to right: Isabel Bastardo, Brianna Mercado, Reese Parish, Terynn Erby-Walker, Courtney Arango, Brooke Johnson, Gina dePool and Isabella Abel-Suarez. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Left to right: Nick Parrott, James Pickering, Hope Endrenyi, Alex Hayden Miller, Clay Roberts and Devin Richey. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents West Side Story in the Quadracci Powerhouse September 17 – October 27, 2019. Pictured: The company of West Side Story. Photo by Michael Brosilow