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West Side Story announce 2019 Wellington season

One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, West Side Story, has announced it'll play a limited New Zealand season in Wellington next year.


Ahead of its international tour and season at Sydney Opera House, West Side Story will be touching down in New Zealand for a strictly limited season.

A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. When the original production opened on Broadway in 1957, it changed the face of musical theatre forever – and still today, more than six decades on, its artistic quality is unquestioned.


Now former pupil of Jerome Robbins – one of the four original creators of the production – Joey McKneely’s new stage production will make a long-awaited and much-anticipated return to New Zealand. Since it’s first world tour in 2003, West Side Story has been performed more than 1500 times.

The cast of 33 features a dynamic mix of established performers alongside some of Australia and New Zealand’s most exciting emerging talent in this celebrated production. The production will feature Todd Jacobsson as Tony, Sophie Salvesani as Maria, Chloe Zuel as Anita, Noah Mullins as Riff, and Lyndon Watts as Bernardo. Joining them is Ritchie Singer as Doc, Paul Dawber as Lt. Schrank, Dean Vince as Officer Krupke and Paul Hanlon as Glad Hand.

Onsale info:

Presale: Wednesday 12 December @ 3pm until Friday 14 December @ 10am

General Public Onsale: Friday 14 December @ 10am

West Side Story will come to The Opera House Wellington from Thursday 6 June until Sunday 16 June. Tickets are available via

West Side Story

The Opera House Wellington || Thurs 6 June - Sun 16 June

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