"West Side Story" At Shea's

June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 7:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 7:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / Shea's Buffalo ) Darwin McPherson from Buffalo Spree magazine told Mike Randall that "West Side Story" was his inspiration to become interested in theater.

Darwin offered his review of the classic musical on "Eyewitness News This Morning." Click the video to watch the review.

"West Side Story" is on stage at Shea's until June 12th.

Here is the official release from Shea's Center For The Performing Arts:

The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is coming to BUFFALO June 7 – 12 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

WEST SIDE STORY will play Shea’s Performing Art Center, for one week (eight performances) only, June 7-12. Tickets ($27.50-$67.50) are on sale now and are available at Shea’s Ticket Office, 650 Main Street (open M-F 10am-5pm; Sat.10 am-2 pm and during shows through intermission, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000). For group tickets (15+), call (716) 829-1154.
Performances are (Tues, Wed., and Thurs. 7:30pm, Fri-Sat 8:00pm, Sat-Sun 2:00pm, Sunday 7:00pm).

The cast stars Kyle Harris as Tony, Ali Ewoldt as Maria, Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christopher Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O’Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Cary Tedder as Snowboy, along with Karolina Blonski, Alicia Charles, Lauryn Ciardullo, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Thayne Jasperson, Déa Julien, Kristen Paulicelli, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alexandra Blake Redelico, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Dani Spieler, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker.

The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album on January 31, 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”
The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, March 19, 2009, and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The Broadway production played its final performance January 2, 2011. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway.
WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention, The Who’s Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy, Jersey Boys), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention).
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