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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour–West Side Story

Venue: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point.

West Side Story takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. This landmark musical combines the talents of four Broadway legends: Leonard Bernstein’s sensational score, Jerome Robbins’ explosive choreography, Arthur Laurents’ powerful book and Stephen Sondheim’s perfect lyrics.

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Opera on the Harbour

Australia’s iconic outdoor spectacular

West Side Story exploded onto Broadway in 1957 in a sensational storm of exuberant dance and romance. In 2019, the landmark musical takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Raise a glass as the sun sets and drink in the view as you share a meal in one of the pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Then sit back to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air.

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. Their wistful love story is studded with infectious songs including ‘Somewhere’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, ‘America’, ‘Cool' and of course, ‘Tonight’. 

As the star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony, 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.

An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on Bernstein’s brilliant score and Jerome Robbins’ original electrifying choreography.

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

Presented by Opera Australia

The Platinum Club - West Side Story on Sydney Harbour

Make your evening extra special — drink and dine at the Platinum Club: an undercover pop-up restaurant and bar with spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour. Book your Platinum Club dining experience by 12 October 2018 and enjoy special early-bird prices.

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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