WEST SIDE STORY — wellington only
Opera House from 6 – 16 June 2019 | Tickets from Ticketmaster
One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY will play a limited season at Wellington’s Opera House in 2019.
The Opera Australia, GWB Entertainment and BB Group production of WEST SIDE STORY will play a New Zealand exclusive limited season in Wellington from 6 – 16 June ahead of its international tour of Germany and season at Sydney Opera House.
A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The ‘Jets’, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the ‘Sharks’, for domination of the streets.
When the original WEST SIDE STORY opened on Broadway in 1957, musical theatre changed forever as the most complex and challenging unity of music, dance, book and lyrics was realised in a way which has been rarely matched since. The genius of its four creators, a remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins, produced a masterpiece whose artistic quality remains unquestioned to this day.
Now former pupil of Jerome Robbins, Joey McKneely’s vibrant new stage production returns to New Zealand after wild acclaim worldwide. Since the first world tour in 2003, there have been more than 1500 performances of McKneely’s award-winning production of West Side Story. McKneely is a two-time Tony Award nominated choreographer whose Broadway credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, The Life, Twelfth Night, The Wild Party and The Boy From Oz.