A night of music and dance: West Side Story returns to Sydney Harbour in 2024!

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Hold onto your seats, Sydney! Opera Australia (OA) has just announced that the sensational musical West Side Story will be making a triumphant return to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage in 2024. And that’s not all – OA is thrilled to renew its partnerships with Dr Haruhisa Handa’s International Foundation for Arts and Culture and Destination NSW, ensuring a spectacular season for all to enjoy.

If you missed out on the electrifying production of West Side Story when it first hit the stage in 2019, now is your chance to experience this larger-than-life extravaganza. The show received thunderous applause and became the most successful Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production to date, drawing record-breaking crowds and selling over 65,000 tickets.

Prepare to be captivated by the monumental stage, vibrant costumes, and an exceptional cast of singers and dancers as they once again grace the iconic Mrs Macquaries Point. With unmatched views of Sydney’s famous skyline and a breathtaking nightly fireworks display, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour offers an unrivaled theatrical experience that will leave you in awe.

Directed by the brilliant Francesca Zambello, West Side Story transports the energy and grit of New York City right to Sydney Harbour. The iconic songs and mesmerizing dance numbers will have you on the edge of your seat, bringing the magic of this musical masterpiece to life. And let’s not forget Jerome Robbins’ famed choreography, which will once again set the over-water stage ablaze.

Fiona Allan, CEO of Opera Australia, expressed her excitement about the continued support from their longstanding partners. “Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is one of the nation’s most spectacular cultural experiences, and it is thanks to our valuable partners, the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, the NSW Government through Destination NSW, and our Principal Partner HSBC, that we can continue to bring this exceptional event to life. West Side Story is a theatrical phenomenon, and combined with Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, we anticipate another incredible success,” said Ms. Allan.

Since its debut season in 2012, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has become a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, captivating audiences and receiving widespread acclaim. This enduring partnership is a testament to Dr Haruhisa Handa’s unwavering commitment to the arts and culture in Australia.

Dr Handa, from the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, expressed his pride in continuing the partnership with Opera Australia. “We are delighted to collaborate with Opera Australia, bringing world-class performances against the iconic backdrop of Sydney Harbour. This unforgettable experience cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Our shared vision and commitment to excellence in the performing arts have brought transformative musical experiences to thousands of people,” said Dr Handa.

As you immerse yourself in the magic of West Side Story, don’t forget to indulge in the delicious offerings available at the pop-up dining venues on-site. From fine dining among the treetops to a more relaxed atmosphere in the Garden Bar, there is something to suit every palate. Combine this with the world-class performances, stunning harbour views, and nightly fireworks, and you have the quintessential Sydney experience.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, the International Foundation for Arts and Culture as the Naming Rights Partner, Dr Haruhisa Handa OA’s Patron in Chief, and OA’s Principal Partner HSBC.

Mark your calendars for 2024 and get ready for an unforgettable night under the stars. West Side Story on Sydney Harbour is set to be a showstopper, showcasing the very best of music, dance, and the enchanting city of Sydney. Don’t miss out on this sensational event that will leave you buzzing with excitement and wanting more. Book your tickets soon, and get ready to be transported into the world of West Side Story like never before!

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