Archived: West Side Story

at The Civic

An international award-winning production of West Side Story is set to electrify Auckland audiences when it comes to The Civic from next June for a strictly limited season. 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, this classic musical’s ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre forever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.

Now a vibrant new stage production of the classic dance musical is receiving widespread acclaim during sold-out seasons around the world, from London to Tokyo, and Sydney to Johannesburg. 

In a sweltering New York summer, the boys from the Upper West Side neighbourhood are on the prowl.  They dance with their girls, the air vibrating with the rhythms of mambo, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.  They belong to two enemy street gangs ruling the immigrant quarter – the Jets and the Sharks – and a clash is imminent.  The Jets, sons of previous immigrants to America, are fighting the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Sharks, for domination of the streets in the area.  Among them, Tony, a Jet, and Maria, sister to the leader of the Sharks, fall in love.

The action takes place over no more than a few hours of two consecutive days and portrays a love story, action thriller and social study all at the same time. West Side Story tells the tale of a love between two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle.

Don’t miss your chance to see this celebrated production of one of the greatest Broadway musical of all time.


Contact details

The Civic
Queen Street & Wellesley Street
22 - 30 June, 2017
+64 9 970 9700
$79.90 - $114.90