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5-STAR THEATRICALS
(Formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Presents the Third and Final Show of its 2019 Season with
One of the Greatest Musicals of All Time!
WEST SIDE STORY
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Direction by Jeff Rizzo
Choreography by Karl Warden
Directed by Larry Raben

Something’s Coming!
Friday, July 26 to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza!

5-STAR THEATRICALS concludes its 2018-2019 season with one of the legendary love stories of the musical theatre, WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, musical direction by Jeff Rizzo, choreography by Karl Warden and directed by Larry Raben. WEST SIDE STORY opens on Friday, July 26, 2019 and runs through Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Set on the streets of 1950s New York City, WEST SIDE STORY is a gripping, modern rendition of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. Tony and Maria are young lovers in a forbidden relationship, caught in a web of intolerance and vengeance that threatens to tear them apart. Since debuting on Broadway in 1957, WEST SIDE STORY has become one of the most beloved and riveting musicals in theater history. With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this unforgettable production spins a story of star-crossed love, clashing cultures and the heartache of vengeance.

“We close our season with this masterwork of the musical theatre,” says 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director, Patrick Cassidy. “To have this exceptional creative team led by Larry Raben, Karl Warden and Jeff Rizzo and a remarkable cast and ensemble of actors and dancers, this will be a truly unforgettable WEST SIDE STORY.”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

LARRY RABEN (Director) returns to 5-Star where he last directed The Little Mermaid and previously won the LA Ovation Award Best Direction for Singin’ In The Rain. He directed the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro’s Falling For Eve Off-Broadway at The York Theatre. Recents: Greater Tuna (Coyote StageWorks), Jersey Boys (Phoenix Theatre Company), Catch Me If You Can (MTW/Moonlight), Buyer & Cellar (Laguna Playhouse), Young Frankenstein (SDMT-Craig Noel-nom) Cabaret (Gateway Playhouse), Mamma Mia (Ogunquit Playhouse/Welk), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ogunquit Playhouse-IRNE nom), Newsies (Moonlight ), Tru (CSW, Invisible Theatre Company), Sunset Blvd., Titanic (Moonlight), 7 Brides For 7 Brothers (MTWichita), The Producers, Cinderella (Gateway Playhouse), Plaid Tidings (Walnut Street Theatre), Hairspray, The Wedding Singer, Never Gonna Dance, The Thing About Men (MTW), Addams Family, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Performance Riverside), When You Wish, Love Makes The World Go Round (Phoenix Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol, Meet Me In St. Louis, Always Patsy Cline (Welk), Sweet Charity in Buenos Aires (Ace nomination). He is the Artistic Director of The Welk.

KARL WARDEN (Choreographer) Previously at 5 Star: Shrek. Karl was responsible for your clown nightmares as he choreographed the “American Horror Story: CULT” promos winning top honors at the BDA Awards. He also choreographed the “Fosse/Verdon,” “Legion” and “American Crime Story: Versace” promos for FX Networks. SD Area theatre: Newsies (Craig Noel Award Nominee), The Addams Family, Big Fish, The Little Mermaid and Catch Me If You Can (Craig Noel award winner) at Moonlight Amphitheater. Mamma Mia, Meet Me In St. Louis and A Christmas Carol at The Welk Resort Theatre. Thoroughly Modern Millie, Big Fish, Big River and The Addams Family at Performance Riverside, La Cage Aux Folles at SDMT. He has spent 8 summers with the Musical Theatre Lab at Vineyard Arts Project.

TV/Film: “Someplace Better Than Here” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” Industrials: MAC Cosmetics, NYC Fashion Week, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong. Karl served as the Associate Director/Choreographer for the Broadway Sacramento, La Mirada McCoy Rigby, Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre, MSMT, and UK Tour of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Karl is the owner of Gorgeous Bartenders SoCal’s premier bartending and event staffing

JEFF RIZZO (Musical Director/Conductor) 42nd Street (Ahmanson, US National tour, & China tour), The Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden, National Tour, & 5-Star Theatricals), Sunset Boulevard (associate conductor Shubert Theatre LA), Annie (two National tours and 15 regional productions) Joseph…Dreamcoat (Tokyo), 1776 and Man of La Mancha (La Mirada Civic Theater/Soroya). “Dreamgirls”and “Smash"(audition pianist), and many shows at Sacramento Music Circus, Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, The Ordway in St. Paul, and Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Jeff has served on the faculty of the American Music and Dramatic Academy (LA campus) for fifteen years. He co-founded The Musical Theatre Guild and is the composer of Jailbirds on Broadway, Wanna Play?! (published by Samuel French) and a new musical version of A Christmas Carol.

The Cast for WEST SIDE STORY features Giselle Torres as “Maria,” Brandon Keith Rogers as “Tony,” Lauren Louis as “Anita,” Aleks Pevec as “Riff,” Patrick Ortiz as “Bernardo,” Ivan Thompson as “Doc,” Rich Grosso as “Officer Krupke,” Antonia Vivino as “Anybodys,” and John Paul Batista as “Chino.” The Ensemble will feature (in alphabetical order) Anabel Alexander, Lyndon Apostol, Laura Aronoff, Daniel Brackett, Tara Carbone, Jared Cardiel, Brando De La Rosa, Natalie De La Rosa, Joah Ditto, Emma Driscoll, James Everts, Erin Gonzales, Veronica Gutierrez, Carly Haig, Iyana Hannans, Alley Kerr, Callie Kiefer, Mikayla Kiefer, Brock Markam, Chet Norment, Nic Olsen, Cheyenne Omani, Doug Penikas, Daniel Peters, Skip Pipo, Luke Pryor, Drew Rosen, Antony Sanchez, Sophie Shapiro, Elizabeth Sheck, Taleen Shrikian, Sawyer Sublette, Emily Tatoosi, Lindsey Wells and Arianna White.

The Design Team of WEST SIDE STORY features: Lighting Design by Jose Santiago, Sound Design by Jonathan Burke, Costume Design by Kate Poppen, Props Design by Alex Choate, Hair and Wig Design by Jessica Mills, Fight Direction by Matt LeClerc. The Production Stage Manager is Talia Krispel.

ABOUT THE PRICING AND SCHEDULE

WEST SIDE STORY opens on Friday, July 26, 2019 and runs through Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Performances are Thursday at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm (The Sunday, August 4 performance will begin at 1pm).

A signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00pm, followed by a post-show discussion with cast, staff and audience.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, or through www.5startheatricals.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For groups of 10 or more, please call Group Sales, 5-STAR THEATRICALS at (805) 497-8613 x 1.

Ticket prices range from $35 – $83. For ticket and theatre information, call (805) 449-ARTS (2787). WEST SIDE STORY performs exclusively at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Calendar Listing:

OPENS: FRIDAY, JULY 26 at 8pm and runs through SUNDAY, AUGUST 4.

PERFORMANCES: Thursday at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. The Sunday, August 4 performance will begin at 1pm. (ASL and Talk Back Performance on Saturday, July 27 at 2pm).

THOUSAND OAKS CIVIC ARTS PLAZA
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, in Thousand Oaks
Tickets range from $35 - $83
For tickets, please call (800) 745-3000.

For theatre information, call (805) 449-ARTS (2787) or buy online at www.5startheatricals.com.

Student, Senior and Group discounts are available.

Reviews

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"I’m so grateful that I get to hear the orchestrations and arrangements exactly as they were heard on opening night in 1957. This earnest production and it’s rocko-socko-boffo leads will make anyone happy to be alive."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"As Tony's and Maria's love deepens, the story is augmented by outstanding voices, the beautiful memorable songs, the wonderful dance scenes and the altogether phenominal cast. - Highly Recommended"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"West Side Story may be sixty-two years of age, but you’d hardly know it from 5-Star Theatricals’ exciting 2019 revival. Expect tears to be streaming down your cheeks as you stand up and cheer."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"For a regional theatre company (i.e. not Broadway or a National Tour) to do West Side Story is a majorly ambitious undertaking, which is successful for the most part. Is it exactly the Broadway quality that most of their productions are? Not fully. But it’s definitely a very worthwhile presentation. And everyone should see it, especially people who’ve never witnessed the story on a stage before. We SoCal peeps are fortunate to be able to get familiar with the scenario ahead of that remake coming out next year."

sweet - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


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"5-Star Theatricals’ marvelous production of the show made its debut at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks Friday night and, with 85-year-old George Chakiris, the Oscar-winning “Bernardo” from the acclaimed 1961 motion picture, in attendance, thrilled an enthusiastic opening night audience with a universally superb and often thrilling performance."

sweet - Cary Ginell - VC On Stage - ...read full review


Avatar
"I’m so grateful that I get to hear the orchestrations and arrangements exactly as they were heard on opening night in 1957. This earnest production and it’s rocko-socko-boffo leads will make anyone happy to be alive."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"As Tony's and Maria's love deepens, the story is augmented by outstanding voices, the beautiful memorable songs, the wonderful dance scenes and the altogether phenominal cast. - Highly Recommended"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"West Side Story may be sixty-two years of age, but you’d hardly know it from 5-Star Theatricals’ exciting 2019 revival. Expect tears to be streaming down your cheeks as you stand up and cheer."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar
"For a regional theatre company (i.e. not Broadway or a National Tour) to do West Side Story is a majorly ambitious undertaking, which is successful for the most part. Is it exactly the Broadway quality that most of their productions are? Not fully. But it’s definitely a very worthwhile presentation. And everyone should see it, especially people who’ve never witnessed the story on a stage before. We SoCal peeps are fortunate to be able to get familiar with the scenario ahead of that remake coming out next year."

sweet - Karen Salkin - It's Not About Me - ...read full review


Avatar
"5-Star Theatricals’ marvelous production of the show made its debut at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks Friday night and, with 85-year-old George Chakiris, the Oscar-winning “Bernardo” from the acclaimed 1961 motion picture, in attendance, thrilled an enthusiastic opening night audience with a universally superb and often thrilling performance."

sweet - Cary Ginell - VC On Stage - ...read full review