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Meet the Jets, Sharks, and Star-Crossed Lovers of Signature's West Side Story

MaryJoanna Grisso and Auston Colby lead the cast of this new production of the classic musical.

The cast of West Side Story in rehearsal at Signature Theatre.
(© Christopher Mueller)

Arlington, Virginia's Signature Theatre has rehearsal photos for its upcoming production of the classic Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents musical West Side Story. The cast of 30 is joined by a 17-piece orchestra in a run from December 8-January 24, 2016.

Austin Colby and MaryJoanna Grisso lead the cast of West Side Story as Tony and Maria.
(© Christopher Mueller)

Austin Colby and MaryJoanna Grisso lead the company as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. They are joined by Natascia Diaz (Anita), Max Clayton (Riff), Sean Ewing (Bernardo), Bobby Smith (Doc), Russell Sunday (Officer Krupke), and John Leslie Wolfe (Lieutenant Schrank) in the supporting cast.

Natascia Diaz takes on the role of Anita, alongside MaryJoanna Grisso as Maria.
(© Christopher Mueller)

Rounding out the Jets are Kurt Boehm (Diesel), Jennifer Cordiner (Graziella), Ryan Fitzgerald (Action), Colleen Hayes (Velma), Jamie Howes (Minnie), Ryan Kanfer (A-Rab), Tony Niedenbach (Big Deal), Maria Rizzo (Anybodys), Joseph Tudor (Baby John), Shawna Walker (Pauline), J. Morgan White (Snowboy), and Cami Spring (Clarice). Their rival gang, the Sharks, will be made up of Jasmine Alexis (Teresita), Michael Graceffa (Indio), Mikaela Holmes (Rosalia), Ilda Mason (Francisca), Zachary Norton (Anxious), DJ Petrosino (Chino), Olivia Ashley Reed (Consuela), Eric Rivas (Luis), and Ryan Sellers (Pepe).

Jennifer Cordiner (Graziella) strikes a pose in rehearsal.
(© Christopher Mueller)

Signature associate artistic director Matthew Gardiner directs the production, featuring choreography by Parker Esse (based on original choreography by Jerome Robbins), musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch, scenic design by Misha Kachman, costume design by Frank Labovitz, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Lane Elms, wig design by Anne Nesmith, and fight choreography by Casey Kaleba.

Sean Ewing (Bernardo) and MaryJoanna Grisso (Maria) rehearse a moment from West Side Story.
(© Christopher Mueller)

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