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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour–West Side Story

Venue: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point.

This landmark musical features infectious songs including ‘Somewhere’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, ‘America’, and of course, ‘Tonight’. Raise a glass as the sun sets, and enjoy fireworks over Sydney Harbour at every performance. 

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For the first time, we’re proud to present a musical at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – West Side Story

Tonight, tonight the world is wild and bright. Going mad, shooting sparks into space!

West Side Story exploded onto Broadway in a sensational storm of exuberant dance and wistful romance.

In 2019, the landmark musical takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, with famous songs including ‘Tonight, ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘America’ ringing out into the balmy night air.

Featuring fireworks every night and a pop-up venue with comfortable grandstand seating, West Side Story on Sydney Harbour will be a night to remember.

Raise a glass as the sun sets and drink in the view as you share a meal in one of the five bars and restaurants on site. Then sit back to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and state-of-the-art sound design so you’ll hear every note.

Encounter the wildness of youth and ecstasy of love as this modern day Romeo and Juliet unfolds under a starlit sky. On the mean streets of New York's West Side, two rival gangs strut their stuff. But when a Jet falls for a Shark, the stage is set for a rumble.

Travel Associates Platinum Club - West Side Story on Sydney Harbour

Make your evening extra special — drink and dine at the Travel Associates Platinum Club: an undercover pop-up restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on Leonard Bernstein’s legendary score, Jerome Robbins’ original electrifying choreography, Arthur Laurents’ powerful book and Stephen Sondheim’s memorable lyrics.

As the star-crossed lovers, homegrown stars Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin reprise the sizzling chemistry of their performances together in The Merry Widow and The Phantom of the Opera.

Renowned director Francesca Zambello teams up with Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin to create a new production for the harbour stage.

From the award-winning toilets through to the spectacular stage, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour “ticks every box imaginable for a Great Night Out” (Time Out).

Presented by Opera Australia.


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Artist Information

Creative Team

Book by  Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Concept and choreography by Jerome Robbins
Conductor Guy Simpson
Director Francesca Zambello
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer John Rayment


Maria Julie Lea Goodwin
Tony Alexander Lewis

More cast to be announced.

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