West Side Story to embark on UK tour from September

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Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story is to tour the UK from September this year.

The show, directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely, will tour following its run at Sadler’s Wells, where  it plays from August 7 until September 22.

It will begin its tour at the Liverpool Empire on September 24, before moving to venues including the Sunderland Empire, the New Wimbledon Theatre and the Milton Keynes Theatre. It is currently touring until June, 2014.

This staging of the musical, produced by BB Promotion in collaboration with Sundance Productions Inc., NY and Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, was last seen in the UK in 2008/9.

West Side Story was originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and has a book by Arthur Laurents. Bernstein wrote the music for the show, which has lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.