Leonard Bernstein
Stephen Sondheim

West Side Story

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

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From the moment Maria and Tony step onto the dance floor, their intense chemistry sends sparks flying, igniting a romance destined for tragedy. The gorgeous young pair have fallen in immediate, all-consuming love—a love made dangerous by the turf war raging between the Sharks and the Jets. Transporting Shakespeare’s story of star-cross’d lovers Romeo and Juliet to a New York setting, West Side Story is the creation of composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, choreographer Jerome Robbins, and playwright Arthur Laurents.  


The chance to experience this Broadway musical masterpiece in the opera house—its show-stopping tunes driven to ever-greater heights by HGO’s acclaimed orchestra and chorus—is not to be missed. Directed by the legendary Francesca Zambello, this celebrated production stars a superlative lead cast, including rising soprano Shereen Pimentel in her HGO debut as Maria, the role that won her an Outer Critics Circle Award on Broadway; dazzling tenor Brenton Ryan as Tony; and famed Broadway artist Kyle Coffman, who also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 film version, in his company debut as Riff. Internationally acclaimed conductor Roberto Kalb takes the podium in his HGO debut. 

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ONE LOVE, TWO WORLDS