With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story stunned American audiences in 1957 with its sophisticated jazz score and its underlying themes of racism, poverty and juvenile delinquency.
Jerome Robbin’s hipster choreography prompted the British critic Kenneth Tynan to call the show a “rampaging ballet, with bodies flying from the air as if shot from guns.”
Now, for the first time, Opera Australia presents this music theatre masterwork on its harbourside stage, one that is two and a half times larger than any indoor Australian stage.
Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin star as Tony and Maria, the story’s star-crossed lovers. Puerto Rican performer Waldemar Quiñones-Villanueva, who has previously performed West Side Story on Broadway, is Bernardo. The role of the fiery Anita will be played by Melbourne-born performer Karli Dinardo.