Casting has been announced for West Side Story which runs at Curve Leicester from 23 November 2019 to 11 January 2020.
Adriana Ivelisse and Carly Mercedes-Dyer will play Maria and Anita respectively. Adriana, a Puerto Rican native and 2019 Spotlight Prize Finalist, will make her professional UK debut as Maria while Carly will play Anita, Maria’s closest friend.
Jamie Muscato will play Maria’s lover Tony. Jonathan Hermosa-Lopez and Ronan Burns will play rival gang leaders Bernardo and Riff. Darren Bennett will play Police Detective Lieutenant Schrank.
Nikolai Foster will direct the show, which will have choreography from Ellen Kane and musical supervision from Sarah Travis. Set design is by Michael Taylor, costume is by Edd Lindley, musical direction is by George Dyer, lighting is by Guy Hoare, sound is by Tom Marshall and casting is by Kay Magson.
The cast also includes Ryan Anderson as A-Rab, Damian Buhagiar as Chino, Thea Bunting as Graziella, Alex Christian as Baby John, Abigail Climer as Consuelo, Isaac Gryn as Action, Beth Hinton-Lever as Anybodys, Katie Lee as Velma, Mireia Mambo as Rosalia, Michael O’Reilly as Diesel, Dominic Sibanda as Indio, Dale White as Big Deal and Christopher Wright as Officer Krupke and Doc.
About The Show
New York City, West Side, 1957. In the midst of gang rivalry and racial tensions, love at first sight strikes between Tony, a founding member of the White-American Jets and Maria, the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks. In the face of danger, the two young lovers continue to meet in secret – but the Jets and the Sharks have one last rumble to fight out.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet and with a timeless score including ‘Tonight’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, West Side Story represents one of the greatest musicals of all time, filled with romance, charm, aggression and heartbreak.
West Side Story is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.