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West Side Story

IHI Stage Around Tokyo


“Taking a classic musical to new heights”

West Side Story is one of the most beloved musicals around the world, lauded for its music, choreography and story. The classic show, inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, with original music by Leonard Bernstein and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, has been reworked for the unique IHI Stage Around Theatre in Toyosu, Tokyo.

This theatre is home to a 360-degree stage with enormous screens that encircle a 1,300-seat rotating auditorium. The staging technology slowly and gently rotates spectators around the stage allowing for an uninterrupted, filmic flow of scenes. The auditorium is set fully in sync with the visuals, lighting and sound to offer the audience an unprecedented immersive experience.

Directed by David Saint, this show will mark the first time a Broadway musical has made use of this innovative staging technology.

Opened August 2019

IHI Stage Around Theatre in Toyosu, Tokyo


Arthur Laurents

Leonard Bernstein

Stephen Sondheim

Executive Producers
Kevin McColom
Robin de Levita
Kumiko Yoshii

David Saint

Julio Monge

Set Design
Ana Louizos

Lighting Design
Ken Billington

Projection Design
59 Productions

59 Team

Project Director
Benjamin Pearcy

Senior Video Designer
Tom Wexler

Rebecca Collis

Assistant Designer
Diego Sanguino
Hanna Schrage

Design Intern
Flora Macleod

Jarek Radecki
Laurent de Vleeschouwer
Lawrence Watson

Brad Peterson

Architectural Designer
Hannah Rozenberg

Architectural Assistant
Ayanna Blair-Ford