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A Theater Actor Finds a Place for All His Props

By JOANNE KAUFMAN

For years, the actor Max von Essen had been preparing for the role of apartment owner. When he was cast in an international touring company of “West Side Story” in 1998, he bought an etching at an antiques shop in Vienna. During a stop in Berlin, he bought a page from an old book. Assorted lithographs and sketches were purchased in other European capitals.
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Stephen Amell ‏@StephenAmell · Aug 14

In Vancouver? Go visit @TUTSVancouver -- Magic! Also here's a shot of me playing Tony in West Side Story from '99.

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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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Matt Doyle Revels in Shakespeare and Show Tunes in Paper Mill's West Side Story
This veteran of three original Broadway musicals talks loving the Bard, singing Sondheim, and branching out.

Bethany Rickwald

Matt Doyle is known to Broadway audiences for having appeared in the original production of Spring Awakening, playing Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, and starring in War Horse. This spring, he's expanding his horizons with a starring role in Paper Mill Playhouse's revival of the classic musical West Side Story — not to mention a solo album and a comic book series, Dents (cowritten with Two Broke Girls star' Beth Behrs).

As Tony, Doyle is looking forward to tapping into yet another of his interests: Shakespeare, whose Romeo and Juliet serves as the groundwork for Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical. "Romeo and Juliet had a huge influence on me, growing up," he told TheaterMania, "I've got a Juliet quote tattooed on my arm, I love Romeo and Juliet so much." Specifically, the line, "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep; the more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite ."

Hear the cast singing "The Quintet"
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Skylar has the vocal studio all to him self and warming up those vocal chords to play 'Tony'

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I think Kyle is right, I'm sensing a trend as well...

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2010 National Tour

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The Stitchers finale
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Jonathan Roxmouth, currently rehearsing the role of Tony in The Fugard Theatre's production of WEST SIDE STORY, tells us about the first day as well as why you should always bring a razor to rehearsal

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West Side Story Characters
Click on a character's name for a full description. (Available for StageAgent Pro members.)

Name Gender Vocal Part Age Range Role Type
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The Muny presents the final show of its fantastic 95th Season, West Side Story, directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Chris Bailey. West Side Story will be performed now through August 11.

Ali Ewoldt stas as Maria, with Kyle Dean Massey as Tony, Natalie Cortez as Anita, Manuel Herrera as Bernardo, Curtis Holbrook as Riff, Jon Rua as Chino, and Ken Page as Doc. Joining them are Sam Rogers as A-Rab, Drew Foster as Action, Travis Waldschmidt as Big Deal, Kyle Coffman as Snowboy, BranDon Hudson as Baby John, Rich Pisarkiewicz as Officer Krupke, Gary Glasgow as Gladhand, and Michael James Reed as Lt. Schrank.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/MEGA-STAGE-TUBE-Behind-the-Scenes-and-Sneak-Peek-WEST-SIDE-STORY-at-The-Muny-20130806

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Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan Join The Last 5 Years

Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-K-Boom Records announced today Academy Award-and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Joyful Noise) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard LaGravenese. Read more... )
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West Side Story is currently winning hearts at the Capitol Theatre through April 21. But before you head over to see Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s romantic musical, get to know the cast behind the classic story. Addison Reid Coe plays the Tony, the passionate young man who falls for the beautiful Maria at first sight. The actor sat down to talk about Tony and Maria’s powerful story and why seeing West Side Story on stage is even better than watching the film version.
http://saltlakecity.broadway.com/buzz/168845/from-soccer-to-stage-addison-reid-coe-reveals-how-he-became-tony-in-west-side-story-on-tour/
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Tony and Maria


West Side Story
''Two street gangs, both alike in dignity, in fair New York City, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.'' Okay, the Romeo and Juliet similarities don't go quite that far, but you get the gist. Tony (Richard Beymer) loves Maria (Natalie Wood) even though he's not supposed to. Lots of fighting and musical production numbers ensue. Heartbreak all around. And...scene. —Marc Bernardin


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Tony and Maria
West Side Story


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''Two street gangs, both alike in dignity, in fair New York City, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.'' Okay, the Romeo and Juliet similarities don't go quite that far, but you get the gist. Tony (Richard Beymer) loves Maria (Natalie Wood) even though he's not supposed to. Lots of fighting and musical production numbers ensue. Heartbreak all around. And...scene. —Marc Bernardin

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20570221,00.html#21120232
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Fascinating look at a casting call for an upcoming production.

Non-Equity National Tour of “West Side Story”

by Kristen Trahan

Producer: Troika Entertainment
Director: David Saint
Jerome Robbins’ Choreography Recreated By: Joey McKneely
Casting: Clemmons/Dewing Casting
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Arthur Laurents, David Saint (revisions)

Rehearsals begin September 24, 2012; First performance is October 29, 2012. Contracted through July 2013.
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Romeo and Tony - A West Side Story Question

For school, I’m doing a research project on the differences and similarities of the character Tony from West Side Story and Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. I was just wondering, if anyone working in the show would like to tell me their take on that (How are the two characters alike and different?). Thank you so much, have a great day! -Hannah

Drew Foster - who plays Riff in the national tour of West Side Story (and is a bit of a Shakespeare expert) offered this response to Hannah, a student from New Jersey who attends Washington Township High School. She is well on her way to an A+!
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Tony and Maria

West Side Story

''Two street gangs, both alike in dignity, in fair New York City, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.'' Okay, the Romeo and Juliet similarities don't go quite that far, but you get the gist. Tony (Richard Beymer) loves Maria (Natalie Wood) even though he's not supposed to. Lots of fighting and musical production numbers ensue. Heartbreak all around. And...scene. —Marc Bernardin

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20570221,00.html#21120232
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My Space: Sugary Candy and Soft Lips Keep West Side Story Tour Star Ross Lekites Happy Backstage

Features By Broadway.com Staff

In order to play Tony in the national tour of West Side Story, Ross Lekites falls helplessly in love with Maria, outruns a gang of violent Sharks and wins a rumble. And have you heard the high notes he has to hit in “Something’s Coming”? The guy needs a calm, backstage hideaway when he’s not sweating on stage, so Lekites took Broadway.com to his dressing room for a look at the five items that keep him grounded and on a sugar high for every performance.
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