Carolann Sanita to Star in WEST SIDE STORY at California Music Theatre

Director: Bob Richard
Choreographer: Diane Laurenson
Music Director: Craig Barna
Production Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Cannon

The timeless West Side Story has Carolann M. Sanita, who has performed all over the country in regional theaters and starred in the national tour of The Music Man, feeling pretty as Maria. Tony will be played by Justin Matthew Sargent, who has spent the past four years on Broadway, including playing the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, as well as in Rock of Ages and Bonnie & Clyde. Coming to Music Circus for the first time after a stretch on Broadway in CinderellaMichael Callahan will play the role of Action. Maria Briggs, who toured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, makes her Music Circus debut this season and will play Anybodys. Garett Hawe, playing A-Rab, made his Broadway debut playing Neleus in Mary Poppins, appeared in Newsies and can currently be seen in Matilda The Musical. The role of Baby John will be played by Andy Richardson, who was a member of the original Broadway casts of Newsies, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Reprising his role as Big Deal from the international tour of West Side Story is Adam Lendermon, who also toured nationally in Cats and had the privilege of singing Children of Eden in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center.

Shane Rhoades, playing the role of Riff, is an accomplished actor and choreographer, who performed on Broadway in The Boy From Oz and served as associate choreographer for the Broadway production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Jake DuPree, who danced with two acclaimed contemporary dance companies in New York City, will play Snowboy. Internationally known as Anita from the West Side Story Broadway production and tour, Desireé Davar, who was a dancer for “Glee,” reprises her role as Anita. German Alexander is making his Music Circus debut in this production as Bernardo, a role he played in the national tour of West Side Story as well. Reprising his national tour role of Chino is Miguel Angel Falcon, who also toured as Paul in A Chorus Line and in 42nd Street. Making his third appearance on the Music Circus stage as Doc, Gary Lee Reed is a seasoned regional theater actor who has toured nationally in Godspell and regionally in The Music Man. The role of Lt. Schrank will be played by Broadway veteran Rich Hebert, who was part of the original cast of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship, which played this season on Broadway, and who previously toured in Billy Elliot, including in the 2013 Broadway Sacramento presentation of the show. Playing Officer Krupke is David Pierini who is highly active at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre and has either acted in, directed or written more than 100 shows.  Michael Dotson, who has appeared in more than 35 Music Circus productions, as well as many regional productions including 42nd Street, The Pajama Game and The Andrews Brothers, will play Glad Hand.

ASR Staff

New York, NY 10028