A new production of West Side Story, the classic Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical, opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 20 at the Lyric Opera House.
Direction and choreography are by Alan Johnson, who also staged the revival that played the Lyric in 1996 and whose credits include collaborating with everyone from Shirley MacLaine to Mel Brooks. Heading the cast as Tony and Maria are Drew Niles and Natasha Harper. Niles played Kenickie in the Olney Theatre Center's production of Grease last spring, and Harper was the final actress to portray Luisa in the long-running off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks. Also featured are Dennis Stowe as Bernardo and Lynn Sterling as Anita.