Meet the 6 Dancers Appearing in the New Film AND Broadway Productions of “West Side Story”
Could it be? Yes it could. Something's coming, something good…
Well, two somethings, to be precise. Next February, a West Side Story revival, directed by Ivo van Hove and choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, is coming to Broadway. And next December, a new West Side Story film, directed by Steven Spielberg and choreographed by Justin Peck, is coming to movie theaters.
The two productions promise radically different takes on the iconic musical, originally directed and choreographed (for both stage and film) by Jerome Robbins. But—as we discovered yesterday, when casting for the Broadway revival was announced—six remarkable dancers will be part of BOTH projects.
Meet, or re-meet, the West Side Story multitaskers: Yesenia Ayala, Ben Cook, Kevin Csolak, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jacob Guzman, and Ricky Ubeda.
Check out the interview where Kevin ‘spills the tea’ and shares the inside scoop on Mean Girls, performing with Justin Timberlake in the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show, the 2018 VMA’s onstage with Hayley Kiyoko and more!
“Being in a Broadway ensemble requires long, hard and consistent dedication. It is truly a challenging task that requires a physique much like an athlete. It takes hours of rehearsal, working out our bodies to then perform at a highly intense level for a period of time over and over again.”
For a young performer, Kevin Csolak’s resume is long and impressive. He has worked with Justin Timberlake in the Super Bowl 52 Halftime Show and has had guest starring roles on Jessica Jones, The Mysteries of Laura and many more.
This month, The Ensemblist named Csolak on their “Ones to Watch” list for 2018. “Earlier this month, we celebrated some of Broadway’s most venerated ensemble actors with the 5th Annual Ensemblist Awards,” says The Ensemblist creator Mo Brady. “However, we wanted to find a way to celebrate and champion the exciting new talent hitting Broadway stages this year as well. That’s how our new ‘Ones to Watch’ list was born.”
Csolak has been performing on screen and stage since he was ten years old. He is currently in the stage version of the hit movie Mean Girls as an ensemble member and understudy for Aaron Samuels. READ FULL ARTICLE.
From an early age, Kevin Csolak found himself surrounded by the arts. He quickly fell in love with the craft and it became more than just a passion for him; it became a way of life. So, you could say that his journey to the industry seemed destined from the start. This year alone, he’s performed at the Super Bowl, the Today Show, SNL, and the VMAs, and is currently starring in Mean Girls on Broadway. With all of his success, Kevin hasn’t taken a single moment for granted. He approaches every new project as an opportunity to learn and grow. Pop-Culturalist had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin about Mean Girls, his career aspirations, and his love for the creative process. Read Full Article.
MEAN GIRLS WINS BEST ENSEMBLE on BROADWAY!
Shares the win with CAROUSEL!
Put on your dancing shoes! Nominations have been announced for the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards, honoring the best in dance during the 2017-2018 theater and film seasons. Nominees include the companies of Once On This Island, SpongeBob SquarePants, Mean Girls, Carousel and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.