'West Side Story' Tokyo 1974 staged by Robert Arditti
I had one of the most exciting times of my life when I was asked to go to Tokyo to stage
this production of West Side Story. I was very impressed at the work ethic of the cast.
Somewhere sung by Kayoko Ishu
cast list translated by Mayuko Hall
The Prologue Riff centre is played by Osami Iino with
Mamoru Komiya, Yoji Aoi, Koji Hishiya and Masachika Ichimura
The Jets movements demonstrate that they own the street
Mamoru Komiya, Yoji Aoi, Osami Iino, Koji Hishiya, Masachika Ichimura and Kunio Uda
The Sharks entrance Bernardo is played by Yukio Gunji
with Isamu Furusawa and Kaoru Honda
The Blues starts the dance hall scene, a neutral territory for the two gangs
The Shark Circle with Mari Takekawa as Anita and Yukio Gungi as Bernardo
The meeting between Maria played by Izumi Yukimura and
Tony played by Takesi Kaga
Tony calls for Maria!.............. Sush! Quiet.
Takesi Kaga and Izumi Yukimura as Tony and Maria sing Tonight
Anita played by Mari Tachikawa in I Like To Be In America.
For me Mari was a perfect choice to play this role.
Part of the America dance chorus lead by Mari Tachikawa
This part of America is called the 'Big Chorus'
The three jet girls in Cool Tsunako Kimura, Kyoko Taguchi and Michiko Takahashi
Yukio Gungi and Osami Iino as Bernardo and Riff in the Rumble
The fatal moment as Bernardo stabs Riff
Izumi Yukimura as Maria sings I Feel Pretty
unaware of all that has happened at the Rumble
This is the start of the Scherzo which is started by Anybody's
played by Yutaka Aya
Somewhere Ballet gradually the two gangs get drawn into the dance Jets and Sharks
with no boundry just young people happy to be alive
The dream turns into a nightmare when the ghosts of Bernardo and Riff appear
Gee Oficer Krupke the show stopper of the second half of the show
Yoji Aoi, Kunio Uda, Masachika Ichimura, Shinichi Kobayashi, Shiro Takeuchi
with Mamoru Komiya top and Kaji Hishiya on his knees
Maria sings Somewhere as she feel the life drain out of Tony
Rehearsal for Cool
My cast in Japan showing what it is to work for the best result
rehearsal of the Rumble Tony kills Bernardo
This is the only coloured picture that I have of the first Japanesse cast
I was over the moon to get this critic by Don Kenny in the Japan Times.