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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.

Cheat sheet: West Side Story

The Jets and and Sharks in a battle for love. Your guide to the musical on the harbour.

Artist Information

Creative Team

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by 
Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by 
Stephen Sondheim
Concept and choreography by 
Jerome Robbins
Guy Simpson
Francesca Zambello
Associate Director & Choreographer
Julio Monge
Guest Assistant Choreographer
Melissa McCann
Assistant Choreographer & Assistant Director
Shane Placentino
Assistant Director
Liesel Badorrek
Set Designer 
Brian Thomson
Costume Designer 
Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer 
John Rayment

Main Cast

Maria Julie Lea Goodwin
Alexander Lewis
Mark Hill
Karli Dinardo
Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva

Supporting Cast

Doc David Whitney
Lt. Schrank
Scott Irwin
Officer Krupke
Michael Beckley
Glad Hand
Jay James-Moody
Jessica Vellucci
Des Flanagan




Action John Reed
A–Rab Luke Jarvis
Baby John Oliver Lacey
Diesel Rubin Matters
Big Deal Tom New
Snowboy Joe Meldrum
Gee–Tar  Joe Miller
Mouthpiece Luke Haberecht
Tiger Heath Keating
Hatchet Benjamin Purser
Anybodys Luca Dinardo
Graziella Kristina Mcnamara
Velma Emma Hawthorne
Minnie Brittany Page
Clarice Cassie O'brien
Pauline Romina Villafranca


Chino Jakob Ambrose
Ben Gillespie
Dayton Tavares
Dion Bilios
Adriano Cassaniti
  Rune Nydal
Tom Struik|
Kaya Byrne
Jamie Winbank
Olivia Vasquez
Angelina Thomson
Kimberley Hodgson
Chiara Assetta
Georgia Anderson
Michelle Rozario

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