Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Broadway's Corey Cott, Mikaela Bennett to lead Lyric Opera's West Side Story
2019-01-12

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO ( January 9, 2019 )—Acclaimed Broadway performer Corey Cott and rising star Mikaela Bennett will headline Lyric Opera of Chicago's premiere of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking American musical West Side Story, presented fromMay 3 — June 2, 2019 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago ( press opening May 4, 2019 ).

Corey Cott and Mikaela Bennett take on the roles of young lovers Tony and Maria. Cott has starred in numerous Broadway productions including Bandstand, Gigi, and Disney's Newsies,which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical in 2012. Bennett portrayed Maria in the BBC Proms concert presentation of West Side Story at London's Royal Albert Hall. She has also appeared with New York City Center Encores! ( The Golden Apple ), the new off-Broadway musical Renascence, and Michael Gordon's new opera Acquanetta.

Lyric's West Side Story also includes: Amanda Castro ( Glimmerglass Festival's West Side Story ) as Anita, Brett Thiele ( Broadway's Miss Saigon and Spider Man: Turn off the Dark ) as Riff, and Manuel Stark Santos ( Broadway's Aladdin and On The Town ) as Bernardo.

Single tickets for West Side Story start at $36 and are on sale now at lyricopera.org/westsidestory, in person at the Lyric Opera House box office, or by calling 312-827-5600.

Francesca Zambello directs the Lyric premiere of West Side Story in a new coproduction with the Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival. She is the artistic director of the Glimmerglass Festival and an internationally acclaimed opera and theater director. Zambello returns to Lyric for the first time since the premiere of her production of Show Boat ( 2011/12 ).

She has also directed Lyric productions of Tristan und Isolde ( 2008/09 ) and Salome ( 2006/07 ). Set designs are by Peter J. Davison with costumes designed by Jessica Jahn and lighting designed by Mark McCullough. Lyric's production will feature choreography by Jerome Robbins from the Broadway premiere, recreated by Julio Monge.

In the Broadway musical masterpiece West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein's music, Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, Arthur Laurents's book and Jerome Robbins's bold, sexy, and iconic dances transport the story of Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York. Tony and Maria are teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and family battle, Tony and Maria long for "a place for us…somewhere." Their songs illuminate every scene with the romance of "Maria" and "Tonight," the exuberance of "America," and the humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke." West Side Story promises to be an unforgettable musical theater experience.

ARTIST BIOS

COREY COTT ( Tony ), a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, has quickly established himself as an actor both onstage and onscreen. His stage successes include originating the role of Donny Novitski in the Tony-winning musical Bandstand and two years in the role of Jack Kelly in Disney's Newsies ( Broadway debut ), as well as playing Gaston Lachaille opposite Vanessa Hudgens in the Broadway revival of Gigi. On television, Cott portrayed writer Townsend Martin opposite Christina Ricci in the Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything, and can be seen in a recurring role on The Good Fight ( CBS All Access ). Cott costarred alongside Hattie Morahan in the BBC and PBS miniseries My Mother and Other Strangers. He appeared in the Amazon pilot The Interestings and has guest-starred on Madam Secretary, Public Morals, and Law and Order: SVU. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Cott made his solo concert debut at the Kennedy Center's ASCAP Centennial Celebration and starred in the National Symphony Orchestra's West Side Story in Concert. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut singing with the New York Pops.

MIKAELA BENNETT ( Maria ) a recent graduate of New York's Juilliard School, is coming to Lyric after portraying Maria in the BBC Proms presentation of West Side Story last year. Bennett made her professional debut in 2017 starring as Penelope in The Golden Apple at City Center Encores!. She also originated the role of Norma in Dick Scanlan and Carmel Dean's new musical Renascence ( showcasing the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay ) in New York City. At the 2018 Prototype Festival she played the title role of Acquanetta( based on the life of a 1940s B-movie actress ) in the new opera composed by Michael Gordon and directed by Daniel Fish. Bennett has debuted with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She performed at the Kennedy Center's Leonard Bernstein 2018 centennial celebration as a featured soloist in Bernstein on Broadway. Bennett's multiple collaborations with conductor Ted Sperling include Handel's Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices. The soprano has sung Michael Tilson Thomas's Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind with the composer conducting the San Francisco Symphony ( world premiere ), Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. Bennett has appeared in several prestigious New York cabaret venues, including Joe's Pub at the Public and Feinstein's 54 Below.

AMANDA CASTRO ( Anita ) previously appeared in West Side Story as both Anita ( Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Festival ) and Consuelo ( Lyric Opera Kansas City, Houston Grand Opera ). Castro has appeared widely in the U.S. and abroad ( London, Germany, South Africa ). A California Institute of the Arts alumna, she was a principal dancer of the renowned Brooklyn-based company Urban Bush Women for four years. She is the 2016 champion of the "Run the Night" competition at New York's Highline Ballroom, and placed second in 2017 with Soles of Duende, her all-female percussive trio. Other New York credits include a recently completed year-long creative residency with Soles of Duende at Dixon Place Theatre; assisting choreographer Nick Kenkel at BC Beat; working as a model and movement specialist at New York's Fashion Week; and dancing at Radio City Music Hall for the Ellie Awards. Castro was dance captain at the Geva Theater ( Rochester, NY ) for In the Heights. Choreography credits include the American Dance Awards, several works for Urban Bush Women, and multiple set pieces for Northeast competition studios.

BRETT THIELE ( Riff ) has appeared in multiple Broadway productions including Escape to Margaritaville, Miss Saigon, and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. A native of New Orleans, Thiele has appeared off-Broadway in Clueless, The Musical at the New Group. Regionally, he has appeared as Tulsa in Gypsy at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The First Wives Club at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, Follies at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and as Dakin in The History Boys at the Uptown Players in Dallas. His previous West Side Story performances include Riff with the St. Petersburg Opera Company and Action at the Asolo Theatre in Florida.

MANUEL STARK SANTOS ( Bernardo ) has appeared as Kassim in Aladdin on Broadway and in the production's first national tour, Bonfils in Gigi, and Mr. S. Uperman in On the Town. In West Side Story, Santos has previously played the role of Bernardo at the Ogunquit Playhouse and Barrington Stage Company, Chino at New York's Palace Theatre and Riff at Carnegie Hall. In New York he has also performed at the Public LAB ( Venice: A New Musical ), City Center Encores! ( Do I Hear a Waltz?, Little Me, Applause, Irma La Douce, The Most Happy Fella ), New York Music Theater Festival ( Rio ), Paper Mill Playhouse ( Paul San Marco/A Chorus Line ), Houston's Theater Under the Stars ( Disney's When You Wish ), Atlanta's Alliance Theatre ( world premiere of Bull Durham ), and Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera ( Ren/Footloose ). He was also seen in the NBC television series Smash.

West Side Story is a coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Lyric premiere of Bernstein's West Side Story generously made possible by Lead Sponsor The Negaunee Foundation and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, and Northern Trust. Major in-kind audio support provided by Shure Incorporated.

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

—From a press release

About Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago's mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Founded in 1954, Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

Under the leadership of general director, president & CEO Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become The Great North American Opera Company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

To learn more about Lyric's season, go to lyricopera.org . You can also join the conversation with @LyricOpera on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. #Lyric1920 #LongLivePassion


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER The Music Man 2019-07-20 - Author: Meredith Wilson ( book, music & lyrics ) At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $25-$142. Runs through: Aug. 18 ...


Gay News

About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble'sm20th Anniversary: 20/20 2019-07-19 - CHICAGO — The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the world premiere of 20/20, an exhilarating dive into ...


Gay News

Sideshow Theatre Company 2019-20 season to premiere X, Pro-Am 2019-07-18 - CHICAGO ( July 17, 2019 ) — Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Season, launching this fall with the U.S. ...


Gay News

Goodman Theatre announces 2019/2020 season 2019-07-18 - ( Chicago, IL ) Goodman Theatre announces the casting and creative teams for its 2019/2020 "Theater That Moves" Season openers. The season kicks-off ...


Gay News

THEATER True West 2019-07-17 - Playwright: Sam Shepard At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: Steppenwolf.org. Runs through: Aug. 25 What is the "true west?" Deserts ...


Gay News

First Floor Theater to begin Season 8 with Sugar in Our Wounds 2019-07-17 - By Donja R. Love, Directed by FFT Company Member Mikael Burke, October 19, 2019 - November 23, 2019 On a plantation during ...


Gay News

Promethean's 14th season to explore status of women, societies past, imagined 2019-07-17 - The rights and roles of women in society will be examined in Promethean Theatre Ensemble's 2019-20 season via three plays all penned or ...


Gay News

Barrel of Monkeys Presents Free Summer Workshops, Performances 2019-07-17 - CHICAGO ( July 16, 2019 ) — Barrel of Monkeys, one of Chicago's leaders in arts education, will present free creative writing workshops ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Wolf Play 2019-07-17 - Playwright: Hansol Jung At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Tickets: https://www.thegifttheatre.org. Runs through: Aug 18 The Gift Theatre's midwest premiere ...


Gay News

THEATER Strange Heart Beating 2019-07-16 - Playwright: Kristin Idaszak At: Cloudgate Theatre at the Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Tickets: CloudgateTheatre.com; $5-$45. Runs through: July 28 There's potential for ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.