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West Side Story — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The classic Broadway tale of star-crossed lovers hits Harbour's floating stage.
By Libby Curran
March 14, 2019
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West Side Story — Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

The classic Broadway tale of star-crossed lovers hits Harbour's floating stage.
By Libby Curran
March 14, 2019
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UPDATE: March 14, 2019 — Opera lovers, rejoice — you can now snag cheap tickets to West Side StoryTodayTix, an app aiming to make theatre affordable for all, has just launched 'mobile Rush tickets', which lets you snag two $40 tickets to a same-day performance of the star-crossed lovers on Sydney Harbour's floating stage. A limited number of cheap tickets are available for every performance from 9am on the morning of the show via the TodayTix app. The catch is that to 'unlock' the Rush tickets, you'll need to share a post about TodayTix on your social media. But, with West Side Story tickets usually going for upwards of $100, it's a share we're more than willing to make. The much-anticipated play kicks off next Friday (March 22), so you can now download the TodayTix app — and set an alarm for 9am.

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Sydney Harbour is set to experience a taste of Broadway magic, circa 1957, when Handa Opera's famed floating stage plays host to legendary musical, West Side Story.

Lighting up the unique waterfront opera venue from March 22 until April 21, the Opera Australia production features homegrown talents Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin reimagining the classic tale of star-crossed lovers in 1950s New York City.

It tells the story of two rival West Side gangs and the drama that ensues when youngsters from each side fall in love. Acclaimed director Francesca Zambello, along with Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin, have created a new take on the original Broadway favourite, based on Arthur Laurent's famed novel.

You'll get to watch this captivating show brought to life under the stars, from harbourside seats at Mrs Macquaries Point, bopping along to all the musical's iconic hit songs — I Feel PrettyMariaSomewhereAmericaCool and of course, Tonight.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour boasts a reputation as one of the world's best open-air opera venues, with CarmenAidaand La Bohème just some of the hits to grace its stage in recent years.

Image: Hamilton Lund, 'Carmen'

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