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West Side Story - Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour


Tonight, tonight the world is wild and bright. Going mad, shooting sparks into space!

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).

The landmark musical combined four of the biggest talents on Broadway: Leonard Bernstein’s sensational score, Jerome Robbins’ explosive choreography, Arthur Laurent’s powerful book and newcomer Stephen Sondheim’s perfect lyrics.

In 2019, West Side Story takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Raise a glass as the sun sets and drink in the view as you share a meal in one of the pop-up bars and restaurants on site. Then sit back to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air.

Encounter the wildness of youth and ecstasy of love as this modern day Romeo and Juliet unfolds under a starlit sky.

On the mean streets of New York's West Side, two rival gangs strut their stuff. But when a Jet falls for a Shark, the stage is set for a rumble. Their wistful love story is studded with infectious songs including 'Somewhere', 'Maria', 'I Feel Pretty', 'America', 'Cool' and of course, 'Tonight'.

As the star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony, homegrown stars Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin reprise the sizzling chemistry of their performances together in The Merry Widow and The Phantom of the Opera.

An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on Bernstein’s brilliant score and Jerome Robbins’ original electrifying choreography.

Renowned director Francesca Zambello teams up with Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin to create a brand new production for the harbour-top stage.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is set in what is easily Sydney’s most spectacular spot, offering an unusual perspective on the bright lights of the city and its most famous icons. The stage is constructed out over the water, but for the audience the show’s backdrop also includes the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, city skyscrapers and the twinkling stars overhead.

You'll taste the best of Sydney in a single night out: food, fireworks, singing and spectacle under the stars.

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We open the site at 5pm, so arrive as the sun is setting over the city skyline and take in the view with a glass of bubbles as dusk falls. Meet for dinner at one of the pop-up bars and restaurants, then sit back in a grandstand at the water's edge and immerse yourself in this great outdoor spectacle, with the world’s finest singers, musicians, dancers and creative teams, for this Bernstein masterpiece.

DIRECTOR Francesca Zambello
SET DESIGNER Brian Thomson
MARIA Julie Lea Goodwin
TONY Alexander Lewis

Cast to be announced

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, including one interval.

Performed in English.

One of the most brilliant aspects of the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour design is the way in which the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra is housed underneath the stage. They have a complete sound ‘shell’ with the music projected out into the audience via hundreds of hidden speakers. The award-winning sound design is testament to the success Opera Australia has had in making sure it sounds as good as it looks!

It’s certainly fun to dress up for the opera, and many who attend Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour take advantage of the opportunity to get dressed up. But it’s equally fine to dress casually. Opera Australia urges patrons heading to these outdoor performances to dress comfortably and appropriately for the autumn conditions. It can get a bit chilly towards the end of the season but a jacket or cardigan will keep you warm!

There are six catering locations built especially on site for the shows. These range from cheap and cheerful to fine dining, to suit all budgets and styles. The fine dining offerings are in the Platinum Lounge – a spectacular pop up restaurant built into the tree tops. Bookings are essential.

This is one of the most photogenic events you’re likely to attend in Sydney and if you’re on Instagram or Twitter you might like to get into the spirit with selfies and postings by using the hashtag #OperaHarbour

There are five bar and restaurant areas at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.







Handa Opera in Sydney Harbour has wheelchair locations, companion seats and level access seats available.

Wheelchair Accessible Seats

Customers requiring the wheelchair and/or companion seating should contact Debbie@organisedoccasions.com.au asap to ensure availability. On arrival at the venue, customers requiring a wheelchair should  make contact with the onsite Box Office to make arrangements for a transfer to the seating by wheelchair.

Level Access Seats

The best seats for mobility impaired audience members (who are not bound to a wheelchair) are in the first 5 rows of sections A–E. (Organised Occasions has seats reserved in this area)  When patrons take the 'Entry to seating section A–E' their entrance will be downhill to their seats in row 1 and then up a few stairs to seats in higher rows. On their way out of the venue, the path is uphill and mobility impaired patrons should consider requesting the use of a Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour wheelchair and assistance in exiting the venue.

Please note tickets are non-refundable so once you buy a ticket the only way you can get a refund is if the promoter has to cancel the entire event.

All times are approximate & subject to change. Confirmation will be made closer to the event.

For wheelchairs & accessible bookings please email debbie@organisedoccasions.com.au & all other inquiries.

Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

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