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West Side Story in Concert

Boston Pops

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Bernstein's most beloved Broadway score comes to life performed by the Pops in all its dramatic richness. A cast of Broadway singers including Ali Ewoldt and Ross Lekites join the orchestra for this concert presentation directed by Chad Hilligus. From the first notes to the final breath, this landmark musical is one of the greatest love stories of all time, and Bernstein's score, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is regarded as one of the best ever written.

Featured Performers

Keith Lockhart, conductor
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Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's thirteen-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Mr. Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who as at the helm of the orchestra for nearly fifty years. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has significantly expanded Pops programming, focused on national annual touring, and participated in major media events. He has solidified the orchestra's place in the fabric of the New England community and has led the Boston Pops in countless performance situations. The list of more than 250 guest artists with whom he has collaborated is a virtual "who's who" of performers and pop culture icons.

Keith Lockhart, who occupies the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, has conducted more than 1,900 Boston Pops concerts, most of which have taken place during the orchestra's spring and holiday seasons in Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Mr. Lockhart has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, 43 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 79 television shows and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade and millions more who view it on television or live webcast. Last year, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies made initial three-year commitments to the event in 2017.

Mr. Lockhart has led eight albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label, including two-The Celtic Album and The Latin Album-that earned Grammy nominations. Recent releases on Boston Pops Recordings include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas-Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra's 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, some of which can be considered rarities.

Programming-wise, Keith Lockhart has put an increased focus on musical theater, attracting such leading Broadway artists as Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter to the Pops stage. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over five thousand arrangements.

With a renewed commitment to bring the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the annual tree lighting in Boston's Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games; and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season brings members of the Pops to play for patients at Children's Hospital.

Perhaps the most significant key to Keith Lockhart's success is his ability to connect passionately with audiences through his engaging programs, his commitment to speaking directly from the stage with fascinating insights into the music, and his inherent understanding of the importance of what sets the Pops experience apart from a traditional orchestra concert-an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining for music lovers of all ages.

Having just completed an eight-year tenure as principal conductor, Keith Lockhart is now chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II; he is also artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities. Visit keithlockhart.com for further information.

Keith Lockhart, conductor Ali Ewoldt, Maria
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Ali Ewoldt (Maria) is currently starring as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables, appeared in Lincoln Center's recent Tony Award winning revival of The King and I and has played Maria in numerous productions of West Side Story across the nation and the world. Her other credits include: The Fantasticks (Luisa) Off-Broadway, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) at The Muny in St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Chicago's The King and I (Tuptim), McCarter Theatre's A Christmas Carol (Fan/Mrs. Bonds) and concerts at Feinstein's/54 Below, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall. TV/Film: "The Michael J. Fox Show," "Yield and Drama: The Web Series." Ali has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University. www.aliewoldt.com

Ali Ewoldt, Maria
Ross Lekites, Tony
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ROSS LEKITES (Tony) is currently in the original Broadway company of Disney's Frozen and recently starred as Charlie Dalrymple in Christopher Wheeldon's New York City Center production of Brigadoon, alongside Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Kinky Boots, West Side Story and Joseph...Dreamcoat. Regional credits includes Frozen (Denver, Colorado), Triangle (Theaterworks, San Francisco), Good News! (Goodspeed Opera House), South Pacific, West Side Story and Joseph...Dreamcoat. Ross's cast recordings include Brigadoon, Frozen and the Off-Broadway hit musical Yank! Ross has appeared with the Virginia Symphony, the Philly Pops and recently travelled to Bulgaria to perform with Broadway conductor Rob Fisher in A Night of Bernstein. Later this summer he will play Tony in a concert version of West Side Story at London's Royal Albert Hall, conducted by John Wilson. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Ross is beyond thrilled to be returning to his hometown and to be performing with the Boston Pops. www.rosslekites.com @rjlekites

Ross Lekites, Tony Natalie Cortez, Anita
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NATALIE CORTEZ (Anita) originated the role of Morales in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.  She has starred as Anita in numerous productions of West Side Story, most notably in the 2009 Broadway revival and most recently at Paper Mill Playhouse. She has also appeared at the Public Theater as Juana in Giant and Aurora Aquino in Here Lies Love.

Natalie Cortez, Anita
John Arthur Greene, Riff
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JOHN ARTHUR GREENE (Riff) is currently playing Theo, the lead singer of "No Vacancy" in School of Rock on Broadway.  His other Broadway credits include West Side Story (Riff) and Matilda (Doctor, u/s Mr. Wormwood). Additional theatre credits include Robert Mullins in Peter Pan Live (NBC), Luke in Mim (Off-Broadway), Jonathan in Tick, Tick…Boom! (LA), Jack Kelly in Newsies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and Action in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story.  He was a featured performer on the farewell season of "American Idol" and performs as a solo artist all over NYC, most recently singing "Gethsemane" for Andrew Lloyd Webber's New York Times Talks webcast and "Jailhouse Rock" for composer Mike Stoller's 80th Birthday Celebration. www.johnarthurgreenemusic.com

John Arthur Greene, Riff Mikey Winslow, Action
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MIKEY WINSLOW (Action) is very grateful to be performing with this incredible company here at the McCallum Theatre! Broadway credits include West Side Story, American Idiot, On the Town and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  He also starred as Boq in the 1st National Tour of Wicked.  TV/Film: "Dirty Dancing," "Saturday Night Live."  Thanks to my friends and family for all their undying support.  @mikeywinslow

Mikey Winslow, Action
Christopher Rice, Baby John
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CHRISTOPHER RICE (Baby John) recently finished a four and a half year run in The Book of Mormon on Broadway.  National Tours: West Side Story (Baby John, Tony u/s) and White Christmas.  Other favorites include: Crazy for You (Bobby Child), West Side Story (Riff), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), A Chorus Line (Mike, Mark) and Rent (Mark).  His viral #Tappy YouTube videos have received millions of views and been featured on "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer," "The Meredith Vieira Show," "On Air with a Ryan Seacrest" and more.  @ChrisRiceNY

Christopher Rice, Baby John Alex Ringler, Diesel
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ALEX RINGLER (Diesel) has performed various roles in both the Broadway and the 50th Anniversary World Tour companies of West Side Story.  He also performed with Carnegie Hall as part of The Somewhere Project: A Citywide Exploration of West Side Story.  His Off-Broadway credits include Trip of Love and Pageant: The Musical.  Other notable credits include Oklahoma and La Cage Aux Folles at Goodspeed Opera House.  Alex is also the resident choreographer of D'Angora Productions.  www.alexringler.com

Alex Ringler, Diesel
Ryan Ghysels, A-Rab
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RYAN GHYSELS (A-Rab, Assistant Director/Movement Specialist) has been affiliated with West Side Story since 2003.   He was the Dance Captain/Swing on the 1st National Tour of the 2009 Revival, the 50th Anniversary World Tour and in the West End production at Sadler's Wells (Olivier Award Nomination for Best Revival). Other credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theater of the Stars, Goodspeed Opera House) as well as various roles with Holland America Cruise lines, the Tokyo Disney Seas Resort in Japan and with R&B artist Keyshia Cole.  A native of Los Angeles, Ryan received his BA in communications and musical theater from the University of Southern California. 

Ryan Ghysels, A-Rab Clay Thomson, Snowboy
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CLAY THOMSON (Snowboy) has performed on Broadway in Newsies (Spot Colon), Matilda (Michael Wormwood) and the Broadway National Tours of Wicked (Chistery), West Side Story (A-rab) and Oliver.  Other theater credits include: New York City Center Encores, Carnegie Hall, The Muny and Paper Mill Playhouse.  TV credits include: "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," "Good Morning America," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The View," "Good Afternoon America," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," The Tony Awards, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and others. @claythomson

Clay Thomson, Snowboy
Maya Post, Rosalia/A Girl
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MAYA POST  (Rosalia/A Girl) was the Maria standby in the 1st National tour of West Side Story directed by Arthur Laurents.  She was also Rosalia/Maria u/s in both the 50th Anniversary World Tour and the West End production at Sadler's Wells.  Other notable credits include The Rose in The Little Prince written by Nick Lloyd Webber and Jamie Reid.  TV/Film: "Abandoned," "Denodnaba," "Mate" and a national commercial for Head and Shoulders. Thanks to Robert Blume & Step Forward Entertainment.  Love and endless thanks to Edd. @MayaSPost / @Monster_Maya 

Maya Post, Rosalia/A Girl Kat Nejat, Consuelo
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KAT NEJAT (Consuelo) made her Broadway debut in the 2009 revival of West Side Story, where she became the only person in Broadway history to appear as both Maria and Anita. She was last seen on Broadway as Cleonice in Lysistrata Jones, a role she originated Off-Broadway with The Transport Group. Other favorite credits include Mahwish in The Who and The What (Kansas City Rep), Rosie in Bye, Bye Birdie (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma) and the 1st National Tour of Disney's High School Musical. TV/Film: "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Limitless," "Law and Order: SVU," The Tony Awards, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and others.

Kat Nejat, Consuelo
Alexandra Blake Redelico, Francisca
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ALEXANDRA BLAKE REDELICO  (Francisca) is thrilled to be back doing West Side Story after playing various roles in both the 50th Anniversary World Tour and the 1st National Tour from 2009-2013.  She then appeared as Anybodys in Ogunquit Playhouse's new production of West Side Story with original choreography.  Alexandra is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory.

Alexandra Blake Redelico, Francisca German Alexander, Bernardo
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GERMAN ALEXANDER (Bernardo) has the honor of being the last Bernardo cast by Arthur Laurents, originating the role on the 1st National Tour of West Side Story and garnering him the Broadway World Award for Best Featured Actor in a Touring Musical.  Since then, he's had the pleasure of playing Bernardo at Paper Mill Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus.  German has also originated the roles of Alonso in Artists Repertory's world premiere production of Cuba Libre and John Paul in The Blank Theatre's original cast recording of Little Fish.   Other regional credits include Aladdin in Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular, EvitaFiddler on the RoofSouth Pacific and The Music Man (Sacramento Music Circus).   TV/Film: "The Librarians", "Medium," "Revenge," "La Ley Del Silencio," "Every Little Step."  Thanks to Monkey for making the exception.

German Alexander, Bernardo
Will LeBow, Doc/Officer Krupke
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Will LeBow  As a member of the American Repertory Theatre resident acting company, Will appeared in more than 55 productions over 17 seasons, including Shylock in Andrei Serban's Merchant of Venice, Heiner Muller in Full Circle (Elliot Norton Award), Father in Nocturne (Drama Desk Nomination), Hamm in Endgame, The Judge in David Mamet's Romance, Bohr in Copenhagen, and Sagot in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Roles at the Huntington Theatre include Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals, Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost, and Sam/Orfeo in the premiere of Melinda Lopez' Sonia Flew, directed by Nicholas Martin. Will made his Broadway debut in 2015 at Lincoln Center in James Lapin's Act One and appeared in Mr. Lapine's Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing this April at the Signature Theatre.He has performed extensively with the Boston Pops, narrating Casey at the Bat, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and world premieres of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. With the BSO, appearances have included Abduction From the Seraglio, Sutters Gold, Bourgeois Gentlehomme, and Don Quixote. With Boston Baroque he performed the role of the Pasha in Mozart's, Abduction from the Seraglio, and with Boston Lyric Opera he appeared as The Major Domo in Ariadne Auf Naxos. Film and TV credits include Next Stop Wonderland, What Doesn't Kill You, Second Sight, Home Movies, and six seasons as "Stanley" on Comedy Central's Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.
Dedicated to Tommy Derrah.

Will LeBow, Doc/Officer Krupke Jeffrey C. Sousa, Pepe
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JEFFREY C. SOUSA  (Pepe)  is thrilled to be making his debut with The Boston Pops and is very excited to be part of  West Side Story   once again after understudying the role of Bernardo in the 1st National Tour.  His Broadway credits include  Aladdin An American in Paris and  Gigi.  Jeffrey also appeared in the 1st National Tour of  Evita.   Tiburones Por Vida!  

Jeffrey C. Sousa, Pepe
Dean Andre De Luna, Chino
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DEAN ANDRE DE LUNA (Chino) has the unique privilege of having performed in the Broadway, 1st National Tour and 50th Anniversary World Tour companies of West Side Story. Other highlights: The Little MermaidIn the HeightsMy Fair Lady42nd Street. Thanks to God, family and friends! @deanfitmachine

Dean Andre De Luna, Chino