Our annual Spring production features the talents of dozens of young performers! The story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to the turbulent streets of New York City in the 1950s as star-crossed lovers are caught between rival street gangs. West Side Story originally opened on Broadway in 1957. The original musical featured music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
The show is directed by Cathy Roy. Charles Santoro is the Musical Director. The original Jerome Robbins choreography has been adapted by Jayme Wappel.
Please Note: Everyone who enters the theatre, regardless of age, requires a paid ticket of admission.
The diverse cast features over 50 young performers from throughout New Jersey and New York City. The show features Equity guest artists Scott McCreary and Lauren Csete as Tony and Anita, respectively. Rounding out the lead casts are Alessandra LaPera (Maria) from Florham Park, Jeff Lawless (Riff) from Staten Island, Michael DiGangi (Bernardo) from Cedar Grove, Christian Harvey (Action) from Randolph and Rachel Levy (Rosalia) from Montville.
Previously, MPAC has produced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2013), Hairspray (2014), Les Miserables (2015) and Mary Poppins (2016).
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.