Playbill Presents Where Are They Now: The Gang(s) From West Side Story

The Playbill team recently caught up with the Jets and Sharks for our new series, Where Are They Now. Keep reading to find out what the old gangs have been up to since they last sashayed down the sidewalks of New York. 

Still everyone’s favorite soprano, Maria and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York where they raise Nigerian Dwarf goats and host silent retreats. “We all can stop saying ‘Maria,’ and everything else, for 48 hours,” she has been known to tell reluctant participants. A long-time gun control activist, Maria also recently joined forces with the Parkland students. 

Today Chino is a proud returned citizen. He earned his GED in prison, takes college-level accounting classes at night, and works at the CrossFit in the old neighborhood. 

Anita Josefina Teresita Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera will be featured on the new season of Say Yes to the Dress, which was filmed in her I Feel Pretty Bridal Salon. She also is about to release her first line of ready-to-wear formal wear. For a limited time, Playbill subscribers can enter the code MAKETHENECKLOWER at checkout for 20 percent off all full-priced styles. 

After years of holding out, Doc gave in and sold his building. Doc’s Drugstore is now a Walgreens and Doc is now a full-time West Palm Beach retiree. 

It’s just John these days for the Jet formerly known as Baby John who last summer married the love of his life, Dr. Stephen Hill. WSSers who mamboed the night away at the rooftop reception include Graziella, Velma, Snowboy, A-rab, Rosalia, Consuelo, and Pepe. The happy couple is expecting twins early next year. 

Along with a slew of fellow Sharks and Jets, Action organized the Pirouette-a-thon outside the GMA studios in response to Laura Spencer’s now infamous comments about boys and ballet. The event helped launch the viral Boys Dance Too movement and has become an annual fundraiser. 

Lieutenant Schrank finally got that promotion: Director of the ICE South Texas Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. #KrupYou. 

Gone but not forgotten: Riff, Bernardo, and Tony. Donations in their memory can be made to the Womb-to-Tomb Memorial Scholarship Fund, which helps former street gang members realize their musical theater aspirations.

Next Month: Playbill’s Where are They Now team tracks down Danny, Sandy, and the rest of the Rydell Ringtails.


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