He sang a few songs a few songs at the theatres season preview yesterday. I think it's a bit of a different take because he doesn't really seem to have the operatic voice that that role is often sang with, he has more of a rocky tone to his voice. The women playing Maria is Puerto Rican and just graduating from the Royal Academy. The director talked about how they knew they wanted it to be her the moment she walked in and started introducing herself because she had such a great presence and they were all crossing their fingers that she could sing!
They showed the models of the set too and talked about it a bit, it's going to be the biggest set they have ever done and it does look pretty epic. It's based on pictures from the time where all the buildings of the west side are crumbling down and the frames of the buildings are exposed.
I suppose it will be compared to the REX version and that obviously had a lot of praise but i'm looking forward to this version. It will be quite different i think.