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'West Side Story' Broadway Revival Will Cut Two Beloved Songs

The classic musical West Side Story is coming back to Broadway next month, but it’s going to be a very different version than the one you know.

Director Ivo Van Hove, who won the Tony Award for his recent revival of the play A View From the Bridge and just directed Network on Broadway, is re-imagining the show for the 21st century.

“When I listened to it again, when I read it again, I discovered this very brutal world, a divided world where people search for unity by exclusion of the other—the person who is not like you,” van Hove told Vogue. “It seemed as if it were written yesterday. So that’s our aspiration: to make a West Side Story for the 21st century.”

The show has been trimmed to be performed without an intermission and that means that some songs have been cut. The revival will not feature the “Somewhere” ballet or “I Feel Pretty” and the cuts have been approved by the creators’ estates.

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for the musical’s score, has said he was uncomfortable with some of the lyrics in “I Feel Pretty,” so he likely is okay with the cut too!

West Side Story will star Isaac Powell and newcomer Shereen Pimentel. Preview performances begin on December 10 ahead of an opening night on February 6.

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Kate Walsh & Isaac Powell Support 'Coriolanus' Opening Night!

Kate Walsh keeps it cool and casual while stepping out for Shakespeare In The Park‘s Coriolanus opening night held at Delacorte Theater on Monday (August 5) in New York City.

The 51-year-old Umbrella Academy actress was joined at the event by Isaac Powell, Corey Stoll, Sam Waterston, Annaleigh Ashford along with her husband Joe Tapper, and Come From Away‘s Tamika Lawrence.

Tony winner Daniel Sullivan helms the war-torn tragedy with a principal cast that also features Kate Burton as Volumnia, Teagle F. Bougere as Menenius Agrippa, Tom Nelis as Cominius, and Louis Cancelmi as Tullus Aufidius.

William Shakespeare‘s Coriolanus, The Public Theater’s second free Shakespeare in the Park production, is scheduled to run through August 11 in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

FYI: Isaac is wearing AllSaints.

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Broadway Stars Wesley Taylor & Isaac Cole Powell Are Engaged!

Wesley Taylor and Isaac Cole Powell just announced some exciting news – they’re engaged!

The couple took to social media and showed off Isaac‘s engagement ring. Many of their Broadway peers flooded the comments with congratulatory messages.

Wesley and Isaac have been dating for almost two years, after meeting through a mutual teacher at the University of North Carolina. They both graduated from the school, years apart.

You might recognize Wesley from his role as Bobby in the musical television series Smash, or from recently starring on Broadway as Plankton in Spongebob Squarepants, The Broadway Musical. Isaac most recently starred as Daniel in the Tony award winning revival of Once On This Island.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Sara Bareilles & Ben Platt Support Their Friends at 'Alice By Heart' Opening

Sara Bareilles walks the carpet at the opening night performance of the musical Alice By Heart on Tuesday night (February 26) at the MCC Theater Space in New York City.

The Grammy-nominated singer was there to support her friend Jessie Nelson, who co-wrote the show with Spring Awakening‘s Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Sara worked with her on the musical Waitress and there were rumors at one time that she would star in the new Alice in Wonderland-inspired show.

Also in attendance at the event were former high school classmates Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, who supported their friend Molly Gordon, the show’s Alice.

Broadway star Isaac Powell was there to cheer on boyfriend Wesley Taylor, who stars in the musical.

Sara was joined by boyfriend Joe Tippett and Waitress‘ original star Jessie Mueller.

FYI: Sara is wearing a Madewell dress.

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Broadway Stars Isaac Powell & Joshua Henry Attend Grammys 2019 as Nominees!

Isaac Powell wears shorts on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old Broadway actor was joined at the event by his Once On This Island co-star Merle Dandridge. Their show was up for the Best Musical Theater Album award.

Joshua Henry was at the event to support his show Carousel, which was also nominated in the category. He changed outfits following the pre-show and went to the main show in a new look.

The Band’s Visit took home the award.

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Joshua Jackson & Lauren Ridloff Celebrate 'Children of a Lesser God' Broadway Opening Night!

Joshua Jackson happily poses alongside his co-star Lauren Ridloff while attending the Broadway Opening Night after party for Children of a Lesser God held at the Edison Ballroom on Thursday (April 11) in New York City.

The 39-year-old actor and Lauren were joined at the event by co-stars Treshelle Edmond, John McGinty, Julee Cerda, Kecia Lewis and Anthony Edwards, as well as Nyle DiMarco who was accompanied by his brother Nico DiMarco.

Nyle is making his Broadway debut as a co-producer on the production.

Also in attendance to show their support were Rosie O’Donnell, Kathryn Gallagher, Isaac Cole Powell, Wesley Taylor, Corey Michael Smith, Luann de Lesseps, Mike Doyle, Phylicia Rashad and Marilu Henner.

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