Sep. 3rd, 2011

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Actor goes from 'Web Site Story' to 'West Side Story'
Kyle Harris, an Orange County native, won the lead role for the iconic musical, which arrives at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

By Candice Baker, Special to the Pilot

Newport Beach-born actor Kyle Harris wasn't a fan of "West Side Story" while growing up in Orange County, but the musical has since touched his life again and again.

He was selected for the leading role of Tony in the show's touring Broadway production — to arrive at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa — after appearing in a sketch comedy production called "Web Site Story," which appeared on YouTube.

"It's about Tony meeting Maria on Facebook, and it blew up and became viral really fast, which I did not expect at all," the 20-something Harris said in an interview.

And, like Tony, Harris found his life's trajectory changed because of a girl.
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Celebrating West Side Story : North Carolina Schools of the Arts 50th Anniversary Production by John Mauceri.

The pdf introduction can be seen here and talks about the place of West Side Story in the Broadway of 1957 as well as the effect the production had on Leonard Bernstein (Mauceri worked with Bernstein for eighteen years).

Besides some great photographs of their production, they brought in Carol Lawrence, Michael Callan, Grover Dale and Jamie Bernstein for a symposium. The most interesting tidbit is that Carol Lawrence said Read more... )

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