Classic Broadway musical ‘West Side Story’ staged

The Joey McNeely-directed Broadway musical “West Side Story” runs at Tokyo’s Bunkamura, from Aug. 16-Sept. 3, before touring Osaka, Yokosuka, Nagoya, Matsumoto and Toyama.

A modern take on the love story “Romeo and Juliet,” set in gangland New York, “West Side Story” includes music penned by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

The musical is in English with Japanese subtitles.

“West Side Story” runs Aug. 16-Sept. 3 at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo (tel. [03] 3477-9999); Sept. 5-10 at Osaka Festival Hall (tel. [06] 6231-2221); Sept. 13-14 at Yokosuka Arts Theater, Kanagawa Prefecture (tel. [046] 823-9999); Sept. 16-18 at Aichi Prefectural Art Theater in Nagoya (tel. [052] 331-9966); Sept. 20-21 at Matsumoto Performing Arts Center in Nagano Prefecture (tel. [026] 259-2165); and Sept. 23-24 at Aubade Hall, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture (tel. [076] 445-5610). For further info, visit www.westsidestory.jp