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West Side Story Opera Australia 2018
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West Side Story is coming to Melbourne

Leonard Bernstein's beloved all-singing, all-dancing New York masterpiece is headed to Melbourne

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Are you a Jet or a Shark? Better pick a side before West Side Story lands on the Melbourne stage in April 2019 at Arts Centre Melbourne.

West Side Story is widely considered one of the best musicals of all time, with Time Out noting "West Side Story stands unchallenged as the no. 1 of American musical theatre". In this new production, director Joey McKneely's vibrant new staging will see some of the country's most exciting young talent take on all of Jerome Robbins' original Broadway choreography. The production will star Todd Jacobsson as Tony, fresh off a season of The Book of Mormon, and relative newcomer Sophie Salvesani as Maria.

For those who've somehow never seen this timeless classic, West Side Story is a 1950s musical take on Romeo and Juliet with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. Instead of warring families, it features warring – if not too fearsome – New York City gangs. The score features classic songs like 'Tonight', 'Maria', 'America', 'Something's Coming' and 'Somewhere'.

West Side Story is playing a strictly limited season at Arts Centre Melbourne from April 6 to 21, 2019. Find out more about the production and book your tickets via this link.

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