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West Side Story on Sydney Harbour Tickets

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About West Side Story on Sydney Harbour

West Side Story exploded onto Broadway in 1957 in a sensational storm of exuberant dance and wistful romance. It was a phenomenon that never faded, “an incandescent piece of work” (The New York Times).

In 2024, this musical masterpiece returns to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in an electrifying, larger-than-life staging.

Experience the greatest score ever written for musical theatre, dynamic dance numbers that soar through the open air, and a love story for the ages.

It’s war on New York’s Upper West Side, and the Jets and the Sharks are locked in a fierce turf battle. But as the two teen gangs hurtle down a dangerous path, Tony and Maria cross enemy lines, dreaming of a time and place where they can love freely.

The score is punctuated with hits: ‘America’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, and the enduring ‘Somewhere’.

Opera and musical theatre great Francesca Zambello directs a production that revels in all that’s beautiful about West Side Story, with designers Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin transforming Sydney into a slice of New York.

See why this staging became the highest-selling ever on the harbour-top stage, delighting audiences and critics. Limelight called it “a wonderful production that uses the large, outdoor space cleverly, thrills with its electrifying choreography and catchy, complex score ★★★★ 1/2 ”.

If you’ve never been to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, prepare for a remarkable night out. Arrive early to enjoy the sun setting over Sydney Harbour as you raise a glass and drink in the view at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Then take your place in the grandstand by the water to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air.

Run time

2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

Start date

March 22nd, 2024

End date

April 21st, 2024

Categories

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Age

Recommended for ages 12+

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Production note
This production contains strong language, adult themes and a depiction of sexual violence; not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Venue

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Fleet Steps

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point,, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Accessibility

Sections A-E, in the first 5 rows are best seats for persons with limited mobility, who are not wheelchair users. Please note upon entry, you will walk downhill and up a few stairs to seats. Upon exit, the path is uphill.

Directions

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is located at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney. Please refer to the Venue Map for more details.

Mrs Macquaries Road, leading into the venue, is likely to experience traffic congestion. We highly recommend avoiding this road by catching public transport or parking in surrounding car parks and then catching the free shuttle bus. Or, be delivered right to the Point in style by catching a water taxi.

Please note when walking from the train, bus, or ferry remember that access to the venue via the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is only possible prior to 6:30pm in March and 6pm in April. After this time, the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is closed from all entrances and not possible to walk through.

GETTING TO THE VENUE

BY TRAIN: The nearest train stations are: St James: approximately a 16-minute walk (1.3 km)

Martin Place: approximately an 18-minute walk (1.5 km)

Circular Quay: approximately a 29-minute walk (2.3 km)

BY BUS: Bus route 200 stops on Macquarie Street.

BY WATER TAXI: Water taxis run a special service during the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour performance season. Water taxis will depart regularly from Man O’War Jetty (near the Sydney Opera House) from 5pm until 7.30pm and drop off at The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool wharf in Woolloomooloo Bay, which is a 3-minute walk to the venue. Please note there is a number of stairs leading up from the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool wharf to the performance venue.

BY CAR: The Domain Car Park is the closest car park and is open 24 hours. A free shuttle bus is available to guests who park in the Domain Car Park. Parking spots for those with mobility parking scheme permits are located at the northern end of the ground floor.

There is also metered parking along Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street. Meters accept credit card or payment by mobile phone.

Art Gallery Road, leading into the venue, is likely to experience traffic congestion. We highly recommend arranging an alternative drop off/meeting point.

More information about West Side Story on Sydney Harbour

★★★★★ “a perfect Sydney night out” - Cultural Binge

“THIS exuberant revival of a hit musical born as long ago as 1957 hits the mark with a fresh young cast and a message as relevant today as it was in Shakespeare’s time.” – Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “a triumphant spectacle” - TimeOut

★★★★ “magic” “remarkable” – The Guardian

★★★★ “It’s the perfect answer to the question of where to take a visitor to Sydney.” – SMH

“It’s as if every other performance of West Side Story you’ve seen was in black and white, whilst this one was in full technicolour. Such was the intensity of the brilliance of so many aspects of this production that it felt fresh and more detailed than any I have watched before.” – Stage Whispers

Based on concept of: Jerome Robbins

Book by: Arthur Laurents

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Entire Original Production Directed And Choreographed by: Jerome Robbins

Originally produced on Broadway by: Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince

By arrangement with: Roger L. Stevens

Licensed exclusively by: Music Theatre International (Australasia).

Starring: Nina Korbe and Billy Bourchier

Photo Credit: Danial Boud

Frequently asked questions

What is the running time of West Side Story on Sydney Harbour?

West Side Story on Sydney Harbour runs for 2hrs 30mins (incl. interval).

Which theatre is West Side Story on Sydney Harbour at?

West Side Story on Sydney Harbour is at Sydney's Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Fleet Steps.

How much are tickets for West Side Story on Sydney Harbour?

West Side Story on Sydney Harbour tickets start at $114.

What is the age recommendation for West Side Story on Sydney Harbour?

Recommended for ages 12+

How do you get tickets for West Side Story on Sydney Harbour?

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