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West Side Story’s Matthew Hydzik Will Lace Up in 2011

West Side Story’s Matthew Hydzik Will Lace Up in 2011

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

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West Side Story’s Natalie Cortez Resolves to Tighten Her Belt in 2011

West Side Story’s Natalie Cortez Resolves to Tighten Her Belt in 2011

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

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West Side Story’s Sarah Amengual Looks Back on Her Fairytale Year

West Side Story’s Sarah Amengual Looks Back on Her Fairytale Year

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

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La Contessa Rings in the Season with the Sexy Sharks of West Side Story

La Contessa Rings in the Season with the Sexy Sharks of West Side Story

The fabulous La Contessa was back at The Center on December 6 for a return sold-out one-night-only engagement of La Contessa’s Christmas Carol: A Benefit Musical Frolic. A cheeky, campy swirl on the Dickens classic, the festive show is the brainchild of Broadway’s Hector Lugo, who also created his alter ego, self-dubbed as “The Puerto Rican Dame Edna.” Lugo ...

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Newlywed Sarah Amengual Gets a Fairy-Tale Broadway Debut in West Side Story

Newlywed Sarah Amengual Gets a Fairy-Tale Broadway Debut in West Side Story

Age: 21

Hometown: Parkland, Florida

Currently: Making her Broadway debut as Maria, the bright-eyed young lover caught in the turf wars of West Side Story.

Movin’ On Up to the West Side: Want to hear a fairy tale? Sarah Amengual’s got a good one for you. The young actress auditioned to play Maria before she’d even graduated from the ...

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West Side Story’s Natalie Cortez Shares Where She Gets Her Kicks at the Palace

West Side Story’s Natalie Cortez Shares Where She Gets Her Kicks at the Palace

After understudying the part, Natalie Cortez has mambo-ed her way into the leading role of Sharks girl Anita in West Side Story, and she invited Broadway.com to come check out her new digs at the Palace Theatre. “It’s the biggest dressing room I’ve ever had,” the dancer tells us. Cortez made her Broadway debut in the 2008 revival ...

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Tonight Won’t Be Just Any Night! Sarah Amengual Steps Into West Side Story

Tonight Won’t Be Just Any Night! Sarah Amengual Steps Into West Side Story
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A new Maria stepped out onto the fire escapes of West Side Story on September 21, in the form of Broadway newcomer Sarah Amengual. It’s a dream come true for the recent University of Miami graduate, who took over the role from Tony nominee Josefina Scaglione. The "ridiculously blissful" Amengual—who has graduated from college, gotten married and booked a Broadway ...

West Side Story Sets Broadway Closing Date

West Side Story Sets Broadway Closing Date

The Broadway revival of West Side Story will play its final performance on January 2, 2011. The show, which has been gracing the stage of Broadway’s Palace Theatre since February 23, 2009, will close after 27 previews and 748 regular performances.

Josefina Scaglione will play her final performance as Maria on September 19 and Sarah Amengual will assume the role ...

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Tony Winner Karen Olivo Dishes on Getting Into an 'Empire State of Mind'

Tony Winner Karen Olivo Dishes on Getting Into an 'Empire State of Mind'

Tony winner Karen Olivo and her former In The Heights co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda are readying to wow the Broadway on Broadway concert crowd this weekend with the ever-popular Jay-Z and Alicia Keys song “Empire State of Mind,” and the actress cannot wait to salute New York in style.

“It’s going to be amazing to sing those lyrics right in ...

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Newcomer Sarah Amengual Tapped to Play Maria in West Side Story

Newcomer Sarah Amengual Tapped to Play Maria in West Side Story

Sarah Amengual will take over the role of Maria in West Side Story beginning September 21 at the Palace Theatre. Josefina Scaglione, who received a 2009 Tony nomination for her performance, will play her final show on September 19.

West Side Story will mark Amengual's Broadway debut. A recent graduate of the University of Miami, she has appeared in regional ...

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Complete Casting Announced for West Side Story's First National Tour

Complete Casting Announced for West Side Story's First National Tour

Complete casting has been announced for the first national tour of Broadway’s West Side Story revival. The tour kicks off at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on September 30, 2010. David Saint will recreate Arthur Laurents’ direction for the show.

 Kyle Harris as Tony and Ali Ewoldt (who made her Broadway debut as Cosette in the 2006 revival of ...

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Backstage at the Palace: West Side Story's Matthew Hydzik Reveals His Thong and Special Power Ring

Backstage at the Palace: West Side Story's Matthew Hydzik Reveals His Thong and Special Power Ring

Matthew Hydzik was pretty amped when he jumped from the ensemble dressing area to his own private digs at the Palace Theatre in December 2009, a perk that came from assuming the leading role of Tony in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. Eight months later, he's still thrilled to be taking the stage nightly in the epic part ...

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West Side Story's John Arthur Greene, Rock Show Goodbar Set for Joe's Pub

West Side Story's John Arthur Greene, Rock Show Goodbar Set for Joe's Pub

West Side Story's John Arthur Greene, who stars in the current Broadway revival as gang leader Riff, will make his Joe's Pub debut in a new solo show titled JAG. The concert, which fuses rock 'n' roll and musical theater, takes the Joe's Pub stage on June 28 at 9:30pm.

The autobiographical JAG follows Greene's experiences as a ...

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Broken Foot Sidelines Tony Winner Karen Olivo from West Side Story

Broken Foot Sidelines Tony Winner Karen Olivo from West Side Story

Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, who stars as Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story, broke her foot at the Palace Theatre during the matinee performance on May 8. The actress confirmed on her Facebook page that the injury occurred onstage while running away from the Jets—“the dancing gang, not the football team.” According to a show ...

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Tony Winner Karen Olivo Lands Role in The Good Wife Starting May 4

Tony Winner Karen Olivo Lands Role in The Good Wife Starting May 4

West Side Story star Karen Olivo, who won a Tony Award in 2009 for her work as Anita in the hit musical revival, has been cast in a recurring role on the hit CBS drama The Good Wife. She will play Giada Cabrini, a law student working as an intern (and possible love interest?) to the character of Will Gardner ...

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West Side Story Revival Celebrates a Year on Broadway

West Side Story Revival Celebrates a Year on Broadway
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The revival of West Side Story hit a big milestone on March 19, when the production, directed by scribe Arthur Laurents, celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway. Stars and producers gathered backstage at the Palace Theatre for a classy Champagne toast complete with a beautifully decorated cake. Click through and raise a glass to one cool cast. Cheers!

Video Exclusive: The Night Prince Looked at Karen Olivo Like She Was a Pork Chop

Video Exclusive: The Night Prince Looked at Karen Olivo Like She Was a Pork Chop

Last June, West Side Story star Karen Olivo found herself making headlines across the country. No, not for winning the Tony Award for her electrifying performance as Anita. Instead, the down-to-earth (and very married) diva became the subject of tabloid fodder when pop icon Prince spotted her on the Tony telecast and immediately hit the streets to meet her in ...

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West Side Story Tour to Kick Off in Detroit this Fall

West Side Story Tour to Kick Off in Detroit this Fall

The national tour of the hit Broadway revival of West Side Story has announced its first stop: The Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Directed by Arthur Laurents, the beloved musical will open at the theater in October 2010.

West Side Story features the original Jerome Robbins choreography, restaged by Joey McKneely. The classic musical about warring street gangs in 1950s ...

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West Side Story Makes a Dream Come True for One Very Special Fan

West Side Story Makes a Dream Come True for One Very Special Fan
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The Broadway revival of West Side Story made a dream come true on February 3, when it helped the Make a Wish Foundation celebrate its 8,000th wish granted. Fourteen-year-old Broadway fan and Queens native Elijah's dream came true when the teen and his family were treated to a matinee performance of the musical at the Palace Theatre. Following ...

A Cool Win for West Side Story at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

A Cool Win for West Side Story at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

West Side Story had a cool win at the Grammy Awards on January 31. The musical revival won for Best Musical Show Album, beating out fellow nominees Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hair, 9 to 5: The Musical and Shrek the Musical. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

West Side Story features a score ...

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Josefina Scaglione Brings Her Favorite Pieces of Argentina to the West Side

Josefina Scaglione Brings Her Favorite Pieces of Argentina to the West Side

Josefina Scaglione, the beautiful native Argentinean who landed the much-coveted role of Maria in Broadway’s current West Side Story revival, traveled halfway up the globe to make her Rialto debut in a role she loves. Being so far from home means the Tony Award nominee takes special care to make her surrogate home base at the Palace Theatre as warm ...

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High School Musical's Corbin Bleu Hits the Heights at West Side Story

High School Musical's Corbin Bleu Hits the Heights at West Side Story
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Corbin Bleu, former star of Disney's High School Musical series has been a busy Broadway bee these days: he's rehearsing for his January 25 debut as leading man Usnavi in the Tony-winning hit In the Heights. The freestyling triple-threat got a little break from his daily grind on January 20 and spent his downtime at another New York-centric Broadway hit ...

Stars Karen Olivo and Josefina Scaglione to Continue Their West Side Story Run

Stars Karen Olivo and Josefina Scaglione to Continue Their West Side Story Run

Tony Award winner Karen Olivo and Tony Award nominee Josefina Scaglione have re-signed contracts with Broadway's current hit revival of musical classic West Side Story. They are expected to continue to starring as Anita and Maria, respectively, through summer 2010 at least. The duo have been with the production since it began previews last season on February 23, 2009.

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West Side Story's Matthew Hydzik Vows to Show Grandma Some Love in '10

West Side Story's Matthew Hydzik Vows to Show Grandma Some Love in '10

As 2009 winds down, Broadway.com asked your favorite stars to look back on personal highlights from the past year and share their resolutions for 2010. Read on to be inspired—and have a Happy New Year!

MATTHEW HYDZIK (Tony in West Side Story)

Highlight of 2009: "My highlight was when I asked Megan Arnoldy to marry me and she actually ...

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Newcomer Matthew Hydzik on Taking the Lead in West Side Story

Newcomer Matthew Hydzik on Taking the Lead  in West Side Story

Age: 28

Hometown: “Sewickley, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh.”

Currently: Taking the lead as star-crossed heartthrob Tony in the Broadway revival of West Side Story.

A Gentleman of the Theater: Born and raised outside Pittsburgh with his older brother, Hydzik’s childhood was all about sports, family and education (mom is a teacher, while dad designs construction for Carnegie Mellon ...

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