Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces the Company of West Side Story

By | May 13, 2018

Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces the Company of West Side Story
Direction by Nathaniel Shaw
Choreography by Matthew Couvillion

Starring Brittany Santos, Justin Luciano, Maria Cristina Slye and Eddie Maldonado

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of West Side Story on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the November Theatre/Arenstein Stage, 114 West Broad Street. The show will run through Sunday, July 29, 2018. Previews will be on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, 2018. With a book by Arthur Laurents​,​ music by Leonard Bernstein​ and lyrics by legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim​, this classic musical retelling of Romeo and Juliet is set against the backdrop of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in the 1950’s.

Featuring a pioneering take on social tensions and gang rivalry, the vibrant characters that
comprise the Sharks, from Puerto Rican immigrant families, and the Jets, from white American
families, rumble with one of musical theatre’s most beloved scores. This Tony Award-winning
show, which has had numerous revivals and an Academy Award-winning film adaptation, is a
love story for the ages and remains as powerful as ever.

Special Exhibit
Virginia Rep’s production of West Side Story is officially listed in the Bernstein at 100 list of
global events celebrating the centennial of the life and career of Leonard Bernstein. A museum
display will be exhibited at Virginia Rep outlining Bernstein’s contributions to the theatre, and
several other special events will be performed this summer to honor his work.

New Balcony Seating
Virginia Rep is pleased to announce a balcony refurbishment, scheduled to be completed by
June 1 prior to the opening of West Side Story. Kjellstrom + Lee Construction, Delta Graphics
and DMA Floors have installed new decks, wood floors, carpeting, seating and handrails in the
balcony of this 1911 historic building.

The Cast
Virginia Rep is excited to welcome almost twenty new faces to the November Theatre stage for
this musical phenomenon, both local Richmonders and out-of-towners. Brittany Santos ​and
Justin Luciano​, making their Virginia Rep and Richmond debuts, return to West Side Story in
their respective roles of Maria and Tony after starring together in Cortland Repertory Theatre’s
production in New York. Santos will be reprising the role for the third time, including Virginia
Rep, Cortland Rep, and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Other regional credits include Show Boat
and Fiddler on the Roof (Arizona Broadway Theatre). Recent credits for Luciano include The
Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA) and Rock of Ages (The Eagle Theatre).

Maria Cristina Slye​ will also make her Virginia Rep debut as Anita. A Virginia native, Slye
graduated from James Madison University where she studied Musical Theatre. She has since
toured nationally with The Bodyguard the Musical, Ghost the Musical, and Elf the Musical.
Regional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (The Muny) and The Bodyguard the Musical
(Paper Mill Playhouse).

Richmond newcomer Eddie Maldonado ​joins the cast as Bernardo. Based in New York,
Maldonado has performed internationally with Disney Cruise Line and portrayed Ritchie Valens
in the 2015 US National Anniversary tour of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Corey Mosello
rounds out the principal cast as Riff. Recent regional credits include Evita (North Shore Music
Theatre) and the World Premiere of A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Virginia Rep Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw​, will direct his second show of Virginia Rep’s
2017/18 season, following the success of the World Premiere production of River Ditty,
co-produced in partnership with Tony and Olivier Award-winning Glass Half Full Productions.
Shaw also directed last summer’s smash-hit In the Heights, which received the 2017 Richmond
Theatre Critics Circle Award for both Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.

Choreographer Matthew Couvillion​ comes to Richmond from New York City. Recent
choreography credits include A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles and Life Could Be A Dream at
Cortland Repertory Theatre, and dancer credits include the international tour of West Side
Story. Anthony Smith​ returns to Virginia Rep as Music Director after associate musical
directing this season’s holiday spectacular, Mary Poppins. Smith also served as Musical
Director for Cadence Theatre Company’s Fun Home in partnership with Virginia Rep.

Scott Bradley ​will serve as set designer. Bradley is on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth
University as Assistant Professor and Head of Scene Design for the Department of Theatre.

Broadway credits include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Set
Design) and Seven Guitars (Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination for Best Set

Virginia Rep Assistant Costume Director, Sarah Grady,​ will design costumes. Her work was last
seen in the summer hit musical, In the Heights, and she designs regularly for Cadence Theatre
Company. Master Electrician BJ Wilkinson w​ ill serve as lighting designer. Recent credits
include River Ditty and Mary Poppins.

The full creative team and cast list is below.

Ticket Information
Box Office: 804-282-2620
Full Price Tickets: $36 – $62
Discounted Group Rates and Rush tickets available.
U-Tix for college and high school students $15. Available by phone or in person, day of show
only. Valid Student ID required.

Performance Schedule
Evening performances at 7:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays and every Thursday
Evening performances at 8:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday
Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays and Saturdays and every Sunday

Accessibility Programs

Audio Described Performances
In collaboration with Virginia Voice, Virginia Rep is pleased to offer Audio Described
performances, in which actions, expressions and gestures are described during gaps between
dialogue throughout the performance for patrons with low vision or blindness. In addition to live
audio description during performances, patrons are also invited to participate in a tactile tour
before the performance.

Induction Loop
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is equipped with a state-of the-art induction loop
hearing system that is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants.
A handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is
hearing impaired.

Community Tickets Grant
Virginia Rep is thrilled to offer a free​ Community Tickets Grant for nonprofit organizations. We
encourage all organizations who have a demonstrated need for complimentary tickets to fill out
a short application on our website:

Valet parking is available for $8 at all performances and free self-parking is available for patrons
within blocks of the theatre. Valet is complimentary for patrons who dine at Max’s on Broad or
Tarrant’s Cafe before the show. Due to construction on Broad Street, valet will no longer be
located in front of the theatre, and has been moved less than one block away to Jefferson

Direction & Design
Director      Nathaniel Shaw^
Music Director      Anthony Smith
Choreographer      Matthew Couvillion
Associate Director      Wes Seals
Production Stage Manager      Jocelyn A. Thompson*
AEA Asst. Stage Manager      Luke Robinson*
Asst. Stage Manager      Lydia Crush
Set Designer      Scott Bradley+
Light Designer      BJ Wilkinson
Costume Designer      Sarah Grady
Sound Designer      Derek Dumais

Cast List
Tony      Justin Luciano*
Maria      Brittany Santos
Riff      Corey Mosello*
Bernardo      Eddie Maldonado
Anita      Maria Cristina Slye*
Doc      Jay Millman
Lt. Schrank      Andy Boothby
Officer Krupke      Gregg Lloyd
Gladhand      Eddie Webster
Action      Elliott Styles
Baby John      Matthew Moore
Diesel      Logan Mortier
Big Deal      Grant Paylor
A-Rab      Paul Dandridge
Snowboy      Anthony Oates
Anybodys      Carly Grossman

Chino      James Grice
Pepe      Giovanni Da Silva
Indio      Michael Carrier
Inca      Daniel Powers
Bolo      Diontey Michael
Velma      Emily Dandridge
Minnie      Rachel Pitchford
Graziella      Casi Briggs
Teresita       Savannah George
Francisca      Faith Candino
Rosalia, Anita u/s      Gabi Campo*
Consuela, Maria u/s      Caroline Attayek

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in
the U.S.A.

^ The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national
theatrical labor union

+ Member of USA, United Scenic Artists’, local 829

About Virginia Repertory Theatre
Virginia Repertory Theatre is a regional professional theatre in Richmond, Virginia. With a
budget of $5 million, four distinct venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience
over 530,000, Virginia Rep is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia.
Virginia Rep stages four seasons annually: the Signature Season at the Sara Belle and Neil
November Theatre, Theatre Gym Season in partnership with Cadence Theatre Company,
Virginia Rep’s Children’s Season at Willow Lawn, and the Hanover Tavern Season.

Premier Sponsor:
Dominion Energy

Season Sponsors:
The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
The Virginia Commission for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
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