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'West Side Story' The Musical Is Coming to Australia

The classic Broadway tale of star-crossed lovers hits the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne next year.
By Libby Curran
July 20, 2018
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'West Side Story' The Musical Is Coming to Australia

The classic Broadway tale of star-crossed lovers hits the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne next year.
By Libby Curran
July 20, 2018
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Six decades after West Side Story first hit Broadway, the acclaimed musical returns to the Australian stage, set to play at both Arts Centre Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House next year.

Headed up by two-time Tony Award nominated choreographer Joey McKneely, the award-winning production reimagines the famous tale of rival street gangs in 1950's New York City. It's a Romeo and Juliet-style classic, that's enchanted audiences in countless iterations over the years.

And now it's set to be retold at two of the country's most iconic venues, the musical featuring all the hit songs — including 'I Feel Pretty', 'A Boy Like That', 'Something's Coming', 'America' and 'Maria' — along with Jerome Robbins' (the Broadway show's original creator) ground-breaking choreography.

And, if you've always dreamt of being a West Side Story star, now's the time to start practicing those moves and warming up those vocal chords — audition submissions are now open, in the hunt to find the musical's leading talent.

If you'd like to get a double dose of West Side Story, you can also attend an operatic production of the show in March next year, as it heads to Sydney's floating stage, Handa Opera.

West Side Story will play at the Arts Centre Melbourne from April 6–28, 2019, and at the Sydney Opera House from August 16 to October 6, 2019. Head over to the website to jump on a waitlist for tickets.

Image Credit: Nilz Boehme and Johan Persson

Published on July 20, 2018 by Libby Curran

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