Last chance to catch West Side Story at Handa Opera
This weekend marks the last chance for Sydneysiders to catch the Australian production of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical, West Side Story. The Broadway classic can be experienced at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia’s famous overwater stage that has attracted more than 330,000 visitors from across the globe over the past seven years.
A brand-new vision for West Side Story
Acclaimed American director Francesca Zambello has made her return to the outdoor stage after her 2012 production of La Traviata, the first in the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series. A native of New York City, the setting of West Side Story, Zambello’s bold vision brings the Big Apple to Sydney Harbour with a huge splash.
Also making his return to the harbour stage is award-winning theatrical designer Brian Thomson who invigorates the production with the spirit of New York, creating a one-of-a-kind set design. Thomson’s design is dominated by a 15-metre-tall highway overpass, soaring 30 metres across the length of the stage, to symbolise the gritty underbelly of New York’s urban gang culture.
Unique pop-up dining experience
The Travel Associates Platinum Club offers attendees a unique pop-up dining experience featuring views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Indulge in an exclusive three-course sit-down dining experience, complete with table service and matched with premium Tyrrell’s Wines. The Fresh Collective’s award-winning chefs have designed a set menu featuring dishes such as spanner crab and celeriac salad with smoked roe, pomelo and spring pea coulis to start, followed by slow-roasted beef rump cap, nicola puree, sprouted grains, charred baby onion jus and to finish, chocolate mousse dome with roasted red plum, urban honey and bee pollen.
The stunning Platinum Club – a pop-up dining room, bar and lounge set among the treetops – offers fine dining before the show and drinks at interval. Dinner and show packages are available with various components that include a three-course dinner or tasting buffet, interval drinks, program and performance. The Platinum Club can also be booked privately for groups and corporate events which – after arriving in style in a water taxi – makes for one unforgettable evening.