It has been announced that Ivo Van Hove’s production will not reopen on Broadway.
In a statement released, Producer Kate Horton said: “It is with great regret that we are announcing today that the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story will not reopen. This difficult and painful decision comes after we have explored every possible path to a successful run, and unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, reopening is not a practical proposition. We thank all the brilliant, creative artists who brought West Side Story to life at the Broadway Theatre, even for so brief a time, especially the extraordinary acting company, 33 of whom made their Broadway debuts in this production.”
The revival of this classic musical had opened at the Broadway Theatre in February 2020, but was forced to shut along with other theatres on Broadway in the wake of the pandemic.
Ivo Van Hove’s production starred Isaac Powell as Tony, Shereen Pimentel as Maria. Also in the company were Yesenia Ayala as Anita, Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Dharon E. Jones as Riff, Zuri Noelle Ford as Anybodys, Jacob Guzman as Chino, and more. The show featured 32 Broadway debuts, and marked the first Broadway production for choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.
The creative team behind the production also included: scenery and lighting design by Van Hove’s longtime collaborator, five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An d’Huys, sound design by Tom Gibbons, video design by Luke Halls, and orchestrations by Tony and Academy Award winner Jonathan Tunick. Alexander Gemignani served as music supervisor and musical director.