West Side Story
Watch a masterpiece crafted by the legendary Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim unfold in all its glory this season at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Set in a New York ruled by street gangs, West Side Story is every bit as entertaining and heartrending as the original story that served as its inspiration: Romeo and Juliet.
Why Watch West Side Story
There are few other theatrical pieces that can boast of a more fantastic creative team. West Side Story is a masterpiece that was conceived by Jerome Robbins. He went on to assemble a creative team consisting of writer Arthur Laurents, composer Leonard Bernstein, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The play was wildly successful when it was first released in 1957 on the Broadway stage, running for 732 performances and being nominated for six Tony Awards. The play maintains a dark theme with loads of complex and occasionally dissonant music by Bernstein. The score includes brilliant compositions such as ‘Tonight’, America’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, and ‘Something’s Coming’. The show set to run at the Melbourne Arts Centre is directed by two-time Tony nominee Joey McKneely and features Todd Jacobsson and Sophie Salvesani in the lead roles.
Set in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York City in the 1950s, before it was cleared to make space for the Lincoln Center, West Side Story follows two opposing factions with different ideologies. The Jets are a ‘white gang’ who tirelessly harass the Sharks, a gang consisting of members from various ethnicities. When Tony, a member of the Jets and close cohort of the Jets’ leader Riff, falls in love with a Sharks girl named Maria, the situation begins to get complicated. Will their love stand the test of time? How will they deal with the sizzling rivalry between their gangs? Watch this fabulous retelling of Jerome Robbins’ thoroughly engaging tale at the Melbourne Arts Centre and find out!
Fans of Romance | Fans of Musicals
“Leonard Bernstein's beloved all-singing, all-dancing New York masterpiece is back in Melbourne ”
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Melbourne State Theatre has a seating capacity of 2,079.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out the Arts Centre's wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes.
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 the Box Office of the Arts Centre Melbourne about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.