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West Side Story in Concert

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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On May 10, 1995, Keith Lockhart, the 20th Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, opened his very first Boston Pops season, leading a concert featuring guests Sylvia McNair, Mandy Patinkin, and Doc Severinsen, and repertoire ranging from Wagner to “Charlie on the MTA.” He was only 35 years old—the same age as Arthur Fiedler was when he became Boston Pops Conductor in 1930—and was dubbed “The Kid” by longtime Pops Associate Conductor Harry Ellis Dickson. The press coverage from the time of Keith’s appointment to the position in February 1995 was extensive, commenting on not only his musical talent but also his good looks and enviable head of hair, as well as the challenge of following in the illustrious footsteps of John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. But this baby boomer, born in 1959, came to the position with musical chops, a remarkable work ethic, and a deep appreciation for both the institution of the Pops and its audience. His varied conducting experience encompassed both the symphonic and pops repertoire, as well as performances in concert halls and on recordings; he had most recently served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops, and made his Boston Pops debut as a guest conductor in 1993, just two years before he was appointed Conductor.

Over the next 25 years, with seemingly endless energy, Keith Lockhart, who holds the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, would lead the Boston Pops in more than 2,000 concerts, in every imaginable setting—from hospitals to the Super Bowl—and collaborate with nearly 300 guest artists, drawn from the worlds of classical and popular music, rock, jazz, sports, politics, Broadway, and Hollywood.

Although acclaimed around the world, the Boston Pops—sometimes called “America’s Orchestra”—remains a treasured local fixture, as beloved as the region’s sports teams and historic landmarks. Its reputation has been acknowledged in popular culture, recently in a memorable episode of the animated television series “The Simpsons.” The family decided to take a “hate-cation” to Boston—because of Homer’s resentment of the “Boston Americans” football team and its fans—and ultimately fell in love with the city that has “a Symphony AND a Pops.” Through the years, Keith Lockhart has embraced Boston and in return, Boston has embraced him.

Most of the concerts led by Keith Lockhart take place in Symphony Hall, itself a registered historic landmark, during the orchestra’s spring and holiday seasons. He has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, 45 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 80 television shows, including 38 new programs for the PBS series Evening at Pops, 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 view it on television or live webcast. During Keith’s tenure, the July 4 event was televised by a major national network for the first time. In 2017, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg as the 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 are continuing their commitments to the event.

Lockhart-led albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label include Runnin’ Wild: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, The Celtic Album (Grammy-nominated, the first Boston Pops recording to be so honored), Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, The Latin Album (Latin Grammy-nominated), Encore!, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration. Recent releases on the in-house label, 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, including some rarities.

Keith’s personal affinity for American music has led him to program full-length Broadway musicals and invite stars of the musical theater world to perform with the Pops. 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. Well aware of the influence of technology on our lives and the concert experience, he was the driving force behind “Pops on Demand,” allowing audience members to vote on their cell phones in such categories as “Favorite Disney Song” and “Favorite John Williams Theme” and see the results in real time. The Lockhart/Pops album Oscar & Tony was the basis of a Pops internet TV broadcast, the first such program offered by a symphony orchestra. In recent seasons, he and the Pops have presented a number of films in concert, both classic (The Wizard of Oz) and contemporary (Home Alone). He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over 5,000 arrangements.

With a renewed commitment to bringing 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 holiday 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 the Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season he brings musicians of the Pops to play for patients at Children’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth Awards for Achievement, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and sciences presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

More recently Keith and the Pops initiated a conducting competition for students aged 18 to 30 during the 2018 season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. As part of a 2019 Pops tour concert in Fort Lauderdale, Keith invited student survivors from the shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to perform a song, composed by two of them, honoring the resilience of their community. Back at Symphony Hall, both the spring and holiday Pops seasons in 2019 included a sensory-friendly concert designed for families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities.

Keith recently completed a decade-long relationship with the BBC Concert Orchestra, first as principal conductor and then as the orchestra's chief guest conductor. During his tenure as principal conductor, he led the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. He continues to serve as 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. Before 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, New York, 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.

Having the gift of being able to communicate with people of all ages, Keith Lockhart readily conveys his passion for the music he loves, which covers a wide spectrum. His programming reflects this breadth of interest and he is completely at ease articulating his professional and personal perspectives. Above all, he believes in and appreciates the experience that only the Boston Pops can provide—an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining. He has called the Pops “the great outreach arm of the classical music industry. There’s no orchestra like it in this country or in the world that plays such a wide variety of music at such a high level.”

For more on Keith Lockhart, visit keithlockhart.com or bostonpops.org.

 

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