Thursday, May 23, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Matt Cavenaugh and Josefina Scaglione

Artist:Matt Cavenaugh and Josefina Scaglione
Album:West Side Story: The New Broadway Cast Recording

I'm sure that everyone knows that the songs for West Side Story were written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. But the book was written by Arthur Laurents. In 2007, Laurents got the idea to weave Spanish lyrics and dialogue into the show and revive the show on Broadway. He hired In The Heights composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to do the translations. Laurents directed the production which opened at the Palace Theater Mar. 19, 2009 and ran for almost two years. So it was very successful. Starring as Tony was musical theater veteran Matt Cavenaugh. His best known show before West Side Story was the 2006 production of Grey Gardens. He was also a regular on the daytime soap As The World Turns. He doesn't have the strongest voice and you can hear some of his flaws in his performance on the video. He is married to actress Jenny Powers and they have recorded a CD together. The story goes that Laurents was having trouble finding an actress to play Maria. Friends pointed him to a Youtube video of Josefina Scaglione performing Libertango. He flew her from her home in Argentina to New York and she won the role of Maria. Josefina was nominated for a Tony award. She has a great voice. Josefina appeared in the USA Network series Fairly Legal and she has other things in the works. The Broadway Cast CD for West Side Story won a Grammy and it is available. Here's Matt Cavenaugh and Josefina Scaglione performing Tonight at the Tony Awards Nomination Show May 19, 2009 at the Hudson Theater in New York City.

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