Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York City in the turbulent 50’s as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice unravels in one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. From the first notes to the final breath, this Broadway masterpiece boasts a score by Bernstein & Sondheim that is widely considered to be the best ever created. This moving tale remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever.
This collaboration with Spokane Symphony will feature guest stars directly from the New York stage! They include: Matthew Hydzik as TONY and Cody Green as RIFF, both who performed these roles in the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story . Joining them as ANITA is Eden Espinosa, whose Broadway credits include ELPHABA in Wicked and MAUREEN in Rent. MARIA will be portrayed by Mikaela Bennett, who debuted as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic singing excerpts from West Side Story and was a featured soloist in “Bernstein on Broadway” at The Kennedy Center. Over 10 local performers will complete the cast.
Performance at Fox Theater, Spokane, WA