George Chakiris Remembers Company Co-Star Elaine Stritch

August 4, 2014 10:31 PM

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George Chakiris Remembers Company Co-Star Elaine Stritch

George Chakiris, the actor/singer/dancer who won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his portrayal of "Bernardo" in the movie, West Side Story, also had a distinguished stage career, which is somewhat less remembered. Prior to leading roles in The Passion of Dracula and M Butterfly, on the West End, he got his theatrical start in West Side Story playing not "Bernardo" but "Riff" in the play's London production.

One of the triple-threat talent's career highlights came stateside in 1971, playing "Bobby" in the national company of Stephen Sondheim's Company, opposite leading lady Elaine Stritch, who had originated the role of "Joanne" on Broadway. The production played for four months at the Los Angeles Music...

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