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BWW Interview: WEST SIDE STORY's Evy Ortiz Answers Six Questions & A Plug

by Kristen Hirsch Montag

The Ordway in Saint Paul opens WEST SIDE STORY April 6 with a cast of mostly local performers, including phenom Tyler Michaels as Tony.

His on-stage love interest is played by Evy Ortiz (Maria), who is a vocal match for his well-known pipes. The two make beautiful music together as the star-crossed lovers from the well-worn musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim. The production is visually appealing, well cast and the orchestra, led by local conductor Raymond Berg, is pitch perfect. The choreography (Diane Laurenson) is recreated or at least heavily influenced from the original stage version by the looks of it so this show is everything traditionalists will want from it.

Ortiz took a moment from rehearsals this week to respond to 6 Questions & a Plug. Learn more about this lovely actor/singer and get your tickets to WEST SIDE STORY before they're all gone.
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The musical rumble that makes listeners love ‘West Side Story’

On this day nearly six decades ago, “West Side Story” premiered on Broadway. And the music of the Sharks and the Jets, and star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria is as vibrant as it was in 1957. Jeffrey Brown sits down with composer and musician Rob Kapilow to discuss what it is about Leonard Bernstein’s hit musical style that has allowed the love story to live on for decades.

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Following the success of their July 1, 2016, concert in the magical setting of Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, Il Volo is getting ready for next week's release of their new album Notte Magica - A Tribute to The Three Tenors with special guest, the legendary Placido Domingo. Available September 30, the new album will give fans around the world the chance to re-live and experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first listen to their rendition of 'Maria' from WEST SIDE STORY.
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Marni Nixon Remembered: A Wonderful Collaborator, Even if Natalie Wood Didn’t Agree

Stephen Cole

“You are the writer, but I am the author!”

When famed ghost-singer Marni Nixon said those words to me, her ghostwriter, I didn’t quite understand how any of it would work. I had written previous books on my own (“That Book about That Girl,” “Noel Coward: A Bio-bibliography”), but had never been a ghostwriter before. And aren’t they one and the same: author and writer?

What I eventually learned from that “Marni-ese” was that it was all about collaboration. Over the course of a year and a half of intense back and forth work on her memoirs, “I Could Have Sung All Night” (which we almost called “Audrey Hepburn Dubbed My Face”), I came to realize that Marni Nixon was the consummate collaborator.

She was dubbed “the ghostess with the mostest” by Time Magazine when it became public knowledge that she had dubbed Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in “The King and I,” “West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady,” respectively. And although there was great respect from Kerr and Hepburn, Natalie Wood, who expected to sing all her own songs herself, ignored Marni and filmed to only her own pre-recordings.
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The 59 Best Movie Couples of All Time

by Marc Malkin

There's nothing like seeing a sizzling romance on the big screen. From West Side Story to Titanic to Brokeback Mountain, Hollywood knows how to make us swoon.

To celebrate E! News' Blockbusters Week, we're taking a look at the best couples to ever steam up a movie theater near you.
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Her first job out of college: the lead in 'West Side Story' at the Hollywood Bowl

By Catherine Womack

Solea Pfeiffer’s last stage role was in a student production of “Guys and Dolls” at the University of Michigan. Her next is at the Hollywood Bowl.

Pfeiffer, 21, has been plucked from relative obscurity to sing the role of Maria in Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” on July 14. She won the job after the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s artistic team showed YouTube clips of Pfeiffer — her intense stage presence and a powerful, thoughtfully controlled voice on full display — to Music Director Gustavo Dudamel.

Performing at the Hollywood Bowl is a break that Pfeiffer is embracing with the sort of unbridled enthusiasm that will come in handy as she twirls around the stage singing “I Feel Pretty.”

Speaking by phone from New York recently, Pfeiffer’s sentences were punctuated by exclamation points as she processed her whirlwind summer.
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