One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY plays a limited season at Adelaide Festival Centre from tonight until December 8.

Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment bring the acclaimed BB Group production to Adelaide’s Festival Theatre following successful seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Wellington and Germany.

The timeless theatrical classic will feature some of Australia’s most exciting rising stars including Todd Jacobsson (Book Of Mormon) as Tony, Sophie Salvesani as Maria, Chloe Zuel (Beautiful) as Anita, Noah Mullins as Riff, and Keanu Gonzalez (Aladdin) as Bernardo.

A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, WEST SIDE STORY is set in a New York City enveloped by bitter tension between two teenage gangs: the Jets, self-styled “Americans” [led by Riff], and the Sharks, a group of young Puerto Ricans [led by Bernardo]. It remains as important and relevant today as it was when it was first created

When the original Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY opened in 1957, musical theatre changed forever. The genius of its four creators, a remarkable collaboration between composer Leonard Bernstein, author Arthur Laurents, lyricist Stephen Sondheim and choreographer Jerome Robbins, produced a timeless masterpiece whose thrilling unity of music, dance, book and lyrics has been rarely matched since.

McKneely’s vibrant staging of WEST SIDE STORY has received world-wide acclaim since its premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells. 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.

 ADELAIDE

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre

28 November – 8 December

Tickets: BASS bass.net.au / 131 246

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