West Side Story Heading to Adelaide Theatre
Tickets On Sale May 3
Opera Australia and the producers have announced that West Side Story will play at Festival Theatre from November 28.
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 Lyndon Watts (Aladdin) as Bernardo.
A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, 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] and 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.
Director and choreographer Joey McKneely, a former pupil of Jerome Robbins, said he was blown away by the Australian talent in the production.
“I am so pleased to have found these amazingly talented young artists to play these career-defining roles. Each one possesses such extraordinary naturalism in their acting, that it was captivating to watch them embody these characters. I cannot wait to bring their thrilling performances to Adelaide.” said McKneely.
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.
Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini reiterated what a wonderful opportunity this will be for Adelaide audiences.“West Side Story is one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre ever written, which is evidenced by its continuing success around the world. We are honoured to be providing the platform for showcasing the talents of these rising stars of Australia.”
The all Australian cast of 33 also features Ritchie Singer as Doc, Paul Dawber as Lt. Schrank, Dean Vince as Officer Krupke and Paul Hanlon as Glad Hand.
The Jets ensemble will include South Australians Joshua Taylor and Sarah Dimas with Nicholas Collins, Christian Ambesi, Nathan Pavey, Blake Tuke, Sebastien Golenko, Molly Bugeja, Joseph Donovan, Natasha O’Hehir, Angelica Di Clemente and Taylah Small. The Sharks ensemble will feature Anthony Garcia, Keanu Gonzalez, Daniel Assetta, Matt Antonucci, Jason Yang-Westland, Brady Kitchingham, Daniel Wijngaarden, Zoe Ioannou, Olivia Carniato, Nikki Croker, Amba Fewster and Ariana Mazzeo.
West Side Story will play a strictly limited season at Adelaide Festival Centre in November following seasons in Melbourne (6-28 April), Sydney (16 August – 6 October) and Canberra (10-27 October).
This production of West Side Story will also play in Wellington from 6 June and embark on a tour of Germany from 25 June 2019.
More at www.westsidestory.com.au
MELBOURNE – Melbourne Arts Centre
6-28 April 2019
SYDNEY – Sydney Opera House
16 August – 6 October 2019
CANBERRA – Canberra Theatre Centre
10 – 27 October 2019
ADELAIDE – Festival Theatre
28 November – 15 December 2019