West Side Story at Sydney Opera House

Opera Australia & GWB Enterainment present the BB Group production of

West Side Story at Sydney Opera House

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseAugust 16 – October 6, 2019

Love, loyalty, and fate.

The moment the curtain went up on the original West Side Story on Broadway, musical theatre changed forever.
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story's creators is unquestioned. The remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced a timeless masterpiece.
Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, that have been universally adored for generations; proving this iconic dance musical remains one of the most poignant stage works of the twentieth century.
A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The Jets, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Sharks, for domination of the streets.
Director Joey McKneely’s vibrant new staging will feature some of Australia’s most exciting young talent performing Jerome Robbins’ original ground-breaking choreography in two of Australia’s most iconic theatres.  
The ideal fusion of dance, music, and theatre; experience this internationally celebrated production of West Side Story for a limited season only.

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West Side Story


Director and Choreographer

Joey McKneely

Musical Supervisor Donald Chan
Set Designer Paul Gallis
Costume Designer Renate Schmitzer
Make-up Designer Hannelore Uhrmacher
Sound Designer Matt Grounds
Lighting Designer Peter Halbsgut
Re-light Designer Adam Sutton
Tony Todd Jacobsson
Maria Sophie Salvesani
Anita Chloé Zuel
Riff Noah Mullins
Bernardo Lyndon Watts
Doc Ritchie Singer
Lt. Schrank Paul Dawber
Officer Krupke Dean Vince
Glad Hand Paul Hanlon
Action Joshua Taylor
A-Rab Nicholas Collins
Baby John Christian Ambesi
Snow Boy Nathan Pavey
Big Deal Blake Tuke
Diesel Sebastien Golenko
Anybodys Molly Bugeja
Graziella Natasha O'Hehir
Velma Angelica Di Clemente
Minnie Taylah Small
Clarice Sarah Dimas
Chino Anthony Garcia
Pepe Keanu Gonzalez
Moose/Tony Alternate Daniel Assetta
Luis Matthew Antonucci
Anxious Jason Yang Westland
Nibbles/Dance Captain Brady Kitchingham
Rosalia/Maria Alternate Zoe Ioannou
Consuelo Olivia Carniato
Teresita/Dance Captain Nikki Croker
Francisca Amba Fewster
Margarita Ariana Mazzeo
Swing Joseph Donovan
Swing Daniel Wijngaarden

Opera Australia Orchestra

Please note: this production contains strong language and adult themes; not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Running time: TBC

Performed in English.

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
By arrangement with Roger L. Stevens
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