West Side Story

based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
book by Arthur Laurents
music by Leonard Bernstein
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
directed by Joseph Haj 
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Overview

An iconic American musical

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ongoing feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical.

In the news

Review

“A revelation … Director Joseph Haj finds rich new depths in this towering masterwork.”

Read the full City Pages review. 

Review

“Guthrie revival infuses West Side Story with fresh urgency and electricity…Gorgeous and breathtaking, this production soars”

Read the full Star Tribune review. 

Feature

Hear from director Joseph Haj and choreographer Maija Garcia on what inspired their fresh take on the iconic musical. 

Read the full American Theatre Magazine article. 

Video

Feature

Get a glimpse into Choreographer Maija García's creative process and how she struck a balance between past and present.

Studio session

Could it be? Yes, it could. Enjoy “Something’s Coming” performed by Marc Koeck who plays Tony. 

Photos

The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of West Side Story. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Marc Koeck (Tony), Mia Pinero (Maria) and the cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of West Side Story. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of West Side Story. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Marco Antonio Santiago (Bernardo), Ana Isabelle (Anita) and the cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of West Side Story. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of West Side Story. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of West Side Story. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Artists

Cast

Adam Brian Ali

A-Rab

Leah Anderson

Anybodys

Fabio Angelo

Indio

Mateus Barbosa da Silva

Shark Swing

Raye Birk

Doc

Brendon Chan

Gee-Tar

Fernando Collado

Nibbles

Mark Deler

Pepe

Kendra 'Vie Boheme' Dennard

Graziella

Gabrielle Dominique

Francisca

Andy Frye

Big Deal

Terry Hempleman

Schrank

Marissa Lynn Horton

Velma

Jordan Fife Hunt

Anxious

Ana Isabelle

Anita

Lamar Jefferson

Action

James E. Johnson V

Juano

Marc Koeck

Tony

Celeste Lanuza

Consuelo

Darius Jordan Lee

Riff

Josh Levinson

Jet Swing

Joel Liestman

Glad Hand

Emily Madigan

Female Swing

Tomas Matos

Luis

Bill McCallum

Krupke

Tyler Michaels

Snowboy

Andrea Mislan

Clarice

Christian Elán Ortiz

Chino

Mia Pinero

Maria

Jocelyn Iris Rajkumar

Minnie

Devin L. Roberts

Diesel

Carley Villanueva Rosefelt

Rosalia/ Somewhere Soloist

Marco Antonio Santiago

Bernardo

Maureen Sherman-Mendez

Swing

Alec Varcas

Diesel

Tovi Wayne

Baby John

Kristin Yancy

Teresita

Phil Young

Swing

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Creative

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Leonard Bernstein

Music

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Stephen Sondheim

Lyrics

Joseph Haj

Director

Mark Hartman

Music Director/ Conductor

Maija García

Choreographer

Christopher Acebo

Scenic Designer

Jen Caprio

Costume Designer

Bradley King

Lighting Designer

Elisheba Ittoop

Sound Designer

Carla Steen

Dramaturg

Robert Ramirez

Vocal Coach

U. Jonathan Toppo

Fight Director

Michele Hossle

Stage Manager

Katherine Kenfield

Assistant Stage Manager

Nate Stanger

Assistant Stage Manager

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