West Side Story - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Under the moonlit sky above Sydney Harbour, West Side Story makes an emphatic return to the romance genre with a whole new level of storytelling and musical brilliance. Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin lead the supporting cast in this spectacle of music and dance.
Why Watch West Side Story
A collaborative effort by some of the top writers and artists of the mid-20th century, West Side Story was an attempt to create a modern version of Shakespeare’s immortal Romeo and Juliet. It is no wonder that West Side Story went on to become a critically acclaimed and internationally loved play owing to its star-studded creative team consisting of lyricist Stephen Sondheim, writer Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and choreographer Jerome Robbins. It scored high ratings all-around, impressing both critics and casual viewers, since its 1957 premiere in Washington. The popular musical was elevated to the status of a cult classic when it was made a film in 1961. There is a subtle interplay between the story and the music that is recognizable from the start. Bernstein uses clever musical devices to underline tension, levity, and separation in unforgettable ways.
West Side Story is a modern American reproduction of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In place of the two opposing families, the story introduces two rival gangs of New York’s Upper West Side - the Jets and the Sharks. The Jets have Polish roots, but have lived in America for quite a while. The Sharks are relatively fresh immigrants from Puerto Rico. The situation begins to become tense when Tony, a close friend of Riff the Gang Leader of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo of the Sharks. Much like Romeo and Juliet, a series of unfortunate events and rivalries threaten to tear the lovers apart.
Fans of Musicals
“Leonard Bernstein's beloved all-singing, all-dancing New York masterpiece is back at the Opera House”
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Fleet Steps at the Sydney Harbour has a seating capacity of 800.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
Moderate Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at onsite Box Office about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.