West Side Story Suite Musical Maria in preparation | The Broadway Buzz

Rachel Zegler as Maria in “West Side Story”

Something is coming! Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut has commissioned a sequel to the beloved musical West Side Story, according to Forbes. The current production is titled Married and will focus on what happens to the female protagonist after the curtain comes down in the original show. Husband and wife duo Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp are writing the musical.

“What happened to that young lady, Maria, after she ran out of the park after Tony was murdered?” SAP noted. “What life does she lead now that she knows hatred and murder, and where does her story continue? Interspersing true Puerto Rican stories, we discover the journey of a starry-eyed Puerto Rican girl through her life’s journey, witnessing what she’s been through and the world she’s inspired along the way.”

Jacob Padrón, artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre, added on saying “What is our response specifically as artists of color? What is our response to this piece that could be said to have been culturally appropriate?”

The original Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical bowed to Broadway in 1957 and has since had five revivals. It was last seen on stage under the direction of Ivo van Hove in 2020. A musical film adaptation premiered in 1961, and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation is currently in theaters.

More information on Married, including the cast, is to be announced.