Oklahoma City University News
Jennifer Sanchez Makes Broadway Debut in "West Side Story"
Jennifer Sanchez (MM ’05) makes her Broadway debut as Rosalia in the revival of “West Side Side Story,” officially opening March 19 at the Palace Theater.
The new production is directed by two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents. Previews opened Feb. 23. Bookings are being taken through Nov. 19.
Sanchez earned her master’s degree in music theater from Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music. The Albuquerque native studied voice with Professor Larry Keller, and was coached by Professor Jan McDaniel. As Rosalia, she was one of the featured performers on the March 12 broadcast of "Late Night with David Letterman."
It is the first Broadway revival of "West Side Story" in nearly three decades. The show was revived in 1960, 1964 and 1980. Except for the 1964 revival, directed by Gerald Freedman, all previous Broadway productions were directed by Jerome Robbins.
In the 2009 version, Tony nominee Joey McKneely will recreate Robbins’ original choreography.
“West Side Story” was written by Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics).
The revival played from Dec. 16, 2008-Jan. 17, 2009 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., where the musical made its world premiere in 1957.