with great friends, great teachers and great experiences;
I’ve done some wonderful things all along the line. But this is truly unbelievable!
So much of it is not just because your peers feel a certain way about you–and that is tremendous–
yet, also because you know how much it means to your family and to your friends,
because we’re all connected. And I honestly feel as though I’m representing all the gypsies. It’s all good stuff.”
Actress, Dancer & Singer,
Tony Awards winner (2x),
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
& Kennedy Center Honors Award recipient
West Side Story-Historical Rehearsal-Original Cast Members
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids’ 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition, one of Broadway’s most celebrated Fund Raising events, decided to make tribute to 50 years of West Side Story. They flew, from all over the country, twenty-two (22) cast members of the Original 1957 Production and put together, with young Broadway Gypsies, a historical Opening Number.
This is the rehearsal, at AEA audition auditorium, on 12/16/2007 where the Young Broadway generation performs snipits of the legendary Jerrome Robins Choreography, and the original cast members join to create one of the most moving and thrilling opening numbers of BC/EFA. You will see Ken LeRoy (original Bernardo), Mickey Calin (original Riff) along with all original Jets performing the “Jet Song”, Carol Lawrence (original Maria) performing “I am Prety”, followed by Chita Rivera for their “A Boy like that” duet. Chita Dancers from “A Dancer’s Life” do “the Dance at the Gym” with Chita and … … (click for more details)