‘West Side’ hits the road

National tour launches in October

The current Broadway revival of “West Side Story” will kick off a North American tour in Detroit this fall.

Tuner, a familiar title that has proven a high-demand property on Broadway, looks likely to clean up on the road. The Rialto incarnation, which opened in March, often pulls in more than $1 million per week and recouped its $14 million capitalization costs in about 30 weeks. Cumulative gross is north of $56 million.

Directed by book writer Arthur Laurents, “West Side,” the 1950s “Romeo and Juliet” redux, has music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Joey McKneely recreates the choreography of the original Jerome Robbins production.

No thesps have yet been cast in the road version. Tour launches at Detroit’s Fisher Theater in October, with further stops to be announced.

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