Cast from across Australia begin rehearsals for ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Rehearsals have begun this week for the upcoming production of the iconic musical, WEST SIDE STORY, which returns to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in an electrifying, larger-than-life staging from 22 March to 21 April 2024.

Performers from Mount Gambier, Wagga Wagga, Alice Springs, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as one international cast member from the US, have descended on Sydney, all eager to rise to the challenge of the four week, open-air season on the famous harbour stage.

This exceptional cast have an intense rehearsal schedule ahead of them under the direction of Associate Director Eric Sean Fogel, Revival Choreographer Kiira Schmidt Carper and Musical Director Guy Simpson.

Leading the cast are First Nations soprano Nina Korbe as Maria and Canberran Billy Bourchier as Tony, joined by Newcastle-born Patrick Whitbread as Riff and Gold Coast’s Kimberley Hodgson as Anita. Broadway performer Manuel Stark Santos will make his Australian debut in the role of Bernardo.

The cast of 44 also includes Australian performers Wayne Scott Kermond as Doc, Scott Irwin as Schrank, Joe Clements as Officer Krupke and Doron Chester as Gladhand.



Known as one of Sydney’s most spectacular night’s out, an evening at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour includes a nightly fireworks display, a range of pop-up bars and eateries across the site and unmatched views of Sydney’s iconic cityscape, including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

For more information, and to book, please visit: opera.org.au/productions/west-side-story-on-sydney-harbour/

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