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Rumson and Hazlet natives star in West Side Story production

By Vashti Harris, CentralJersey.com

Recreating one of cinema’s most notable musicals, Phoenix Productions has cast Rumson resident Mason Kugelman and Hazlet local Matthew Giove to play the lead roles in “West Side Story.”

The classic “West Side Story” tells of a turf war between enemy gangs in Hell’s Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines. It has fascinated audiences for more than four decades. The situation gets tricky when a gang member, Tony, falls in love with a rival’s sister, Maria. The two young, idealistic lovers are caught between the opposing street gangs: The Jets and Sharks.

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