PHANTOM Star Ali Ewoldt, Matthew Hydzik and Natalie Cortez Lead McCallum Theatre’s WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT, March 9 -11

Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt, who currently stars as Christine in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, will play Maria alongside Matthew Hydzik as Tony and Natalie Cortez as Anita, both of whom appeared in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, in the McCallum Theatre’s exclusive upcoming concert production of West Side Story, in Palm Desert, CA, March 9-11. Produced and directed by Chad Hilligus, this limited engagement will feature an onstage 40-piece orchestra under the baton of Grammy-winning conductor Richard Kaufman.

They will be joined by John Arthur Greene as Riff, Mikey Winslow as Action, Christopher Riceas Baby John, Alex Ringler as Diesel, Ryan Ghysels as A-Rab and Clay Thomson as Snowboy.

German Alexander will lead the Sharks as Bernardo and will be joined by Dean Andre de Luna as Chino, Maya Post as Rosalia, Tanairi Sade Vazquez as Consuela, Alexandra Blake Redelico as Francisca and Adrian Arrieta as Pepe.
This special presentation is part of the McCallum’s Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration. The 1957 classic has lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents.

Located in Palm Desert, CA, the McCallum Theatre is celebrated by artists and audiences alike as the premier performing arts venue in the Coachella Valley. Consistently ranked among California’s most popular venues, the 1,127-seat McCallum was rated by Pollstar magazine as the top ticket-selling venue in the state and No. 8 in the world for the first quarter of 2017.

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the McCallum Box Office at (760)340-2787.

Peter Jöback, Ali Ewoldt and Rodney Ingram Set for a Week of Celebrations for PHANTOM’s 30th Anniversary on Broadway

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Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and




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