SYNOPSIS (COURTESY OF MTI)“Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.”
CAST Cast size: Large (over 20) Cast Type: Ethnic Roles, Showcases trained dancers, Showcases trained singers, Star Vehicle - Female, Star Vehicle - Male, Strong/Large Chorus, Teenage Roles Dance requirement: Heavy (Extensive Dance Sections/Solos) Casting notes: 4 Men, 2 Women, Large ethnically diverse ensemble. Character Breakdown ANITA Marias saucy older friend. Bernardos girl. Mezzo-Soprano BERNARDO Marias brother, leader of the Sharks. CHINO Marias angry young suitor. Bernardos friend. DETECTIVE SCHRANK DOC A weary old candy store owner GLAD HAND A fidgety chaperone MARIA Puerto Rican ingenue. Bernardos sister. Soprano OFFICER KRUPKE A cop RIFF Quick-tempered leader of the Jets. Baritone THE JETS Action, A-Rab, Baby John, Snowboy, Big Deal, Diesel, Gee-Tar, Mouthpiece and Tiger THE JETS GIRLS Graziella, Velma, Minnie, Clarice, Pauline, and Anybodys-a tagalong tomboy THE SHARKS Pepe, Indio, Luis, Anxious, Nibbles, Juano, Toro, Moose THE SHARKS GIRLS Rosalia-Anitas foil in "America", Consuelo, Teresita, Francisca, Estella and Margarita TONY Former Jet leader gone straight. Tenor or Baritone
SET Obviously urban Need a raised platform for the fire escape/balcony scene Will feature some type of second story-There appears to be flexibility about how one designs this second story. Will most likely be similarly colored to Macbeth or Guys and Dolls (Techies will have to learn to love grey again).